In January of 1991 GHW Bush launched an offensive to push Saddam’s army back to Iraq out of Kuwait. After driving Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, Bush, Cheney and his advisors decided to end the push. Others pressed Bush to continue into Baghdad and topple the Iraqi government. However, Bush and Cheney knew the end result would be long term occupation in Iraq and probably a lot of casualties.
For years during and after his presidency the U.S. has had plenty of opportunity to remove Saddam from power. The term “remove” in this context means assassination. The only logical reason Saddam was left to rule so long is simple. Who would take his place? We had a darn good idea of the governing practices of Saddam Hussein. Though he was a heartless dictator, he was predictable. The next successor may be unknown. So we let him be and the bleeding hearts were happy.
America had been trying to lightly overthrow the Iraqi government. Even President Clinton believed in this. Every time Saddam violated U.N. Sanctions, one being a no-fly zone, we would air strike. These air strikes continued with the hopes that his closer enemies would overthrow the dictator, but no dice.
In 2001 we get attacked at home, and the American people want retaliation. So off we go to Iraq. Invade them, topple Saddam and he is executed for war crimes. Now the average American tree hugging hippies are upset. There were no weapons of mass destruction found and it is entirely the President’s fault for killing innocent ol’ Saddam.
Some of the American people think they have all the inside intelligence that our government possesses and on that, can make a sound decision. GW Bush followed intelligence advice that Iraq did indeed have these weapons, and for the hundredth time, was in violation of UN sanctions. There was a spider web forming.
If Iraq disregards UN Sanction about not having these sorts of arms then they would eventually end up in the hands of Al-Qaeda. We can only slap the hand so many times before stricter consequences must follow. And they did with the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein.
On another note, our hippie friends shout this was also about oil. Darn right it was. We are the biggest consumers of oil in the world and one of the smallest populations. The biggest factor in 1991 was oil. Kuwait wanted to produce an abundance of oil to keep prices down, while Saddam wanted production slowed to raise prices so they could make money to rebuild after the Iraq-Iran war.
If you want to complain it was about oil, think about what oil does for us. Oil is all around us in the form of your roof shingles to the asphalt for our roads and interstates. The tires on your car are composed partly of oil along with plastics. Before you complain about your plastic water bottle, think about all plastic does for us. Such as the medical industry, your computer, TV, coffee pot, tooth brush, and the list is endless. Oil is good for our economy and cheap oil is even better.