George Herbert Walker Bush served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989
to 1993, Vice President from 1981 to 1989, and CIA Director from January 30, 1976, to January 20, 1977.
Questions remain about his role in the
Dr. George Friedman's firm Stratfor
has been dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA." It has provided analysis to
Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and the U.S. government. This is an
excerpt from Chapter 1: The Fourth Global War, pages 19-21. Copyright ©
2004-2005 George Friedman
[ . . . the incubator story seriously distorted the American debate about
whether to support military action. . . .
Americans would have been interested to know the identity of "Nayirah," the
15-year-old Kuwaiti girl who shocked the Congressional Human Rights Caucus
on Oct. 10, 1990, when she tearfully asserted that she had watched 15
infants being taken from incubators in Al-Adan Hospital in Kuwait City by
Iraqi soldiers who "left the babies on the cold floor to die." The chairmen
of the Congressional group, Tom Lantos, a California Democrat, and John
Edward Porter, an Illinois Republican, explained that Nayirah's identity
would be kept secret to protect her family from reprisals in occupied Kuwait.
There was a better reason to protect her from exposure: Nayirah, her real
name, is the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the U.S., Saud Nasir
al-Sabah. . . .
Both Congressmen have a close relationship with Hill and Knowlton, the
public relations firm hired by Citizens for a Free Kuwait, the
Kuwaiti-financed group that lobbied Congress for military intervention.
--John R. MacArthur, "Remember
Nayirah, Witness for Kuwait?," HBO Films, January 6, 1992]
Alan Geyer and Barbara G. Green, "Lines
in the Sand: Justice and the Gulf War," Westminster John Knox Press (May 1, 1992)
[When George H. W. Bush ordered American forces to the Persian Gulf - to
reverse Iraq's August 1990 invasion of Kuwait - part of the administration
case was that an Iraqi juggernaut was also threatening to roll into Saudi
Citing top-secret satellite images, Pentagon officials estimated in
mid-September that up to 250,000 Iraqi troops and 1,500 tanks stood on the
border, threatening the key US oil supplier.
But when the St. Petersburg Times in Florida acquired two commercial Soviet
satellite images of the same area, taken at the same time, no Iraqi troops
were visible near the Saudi border - just empty desert.--Scott Peterson,
Some Facts Less Factual," Christian Science Monitor, September 6,
[A budding coalition of conservative hawks, Jewish organizations and Iranian
monarchists is pressing the White House to step up American efforts to bring
about regime change in Iran.--Marc Perelman, "New Front Sets Sights On Toppling
Iran Regime," Forward, May 16, 2003]
Fifty years ago, in a bold and far-reaching covert operation, the CIA
overthrew the elected government of Iran. Although the coup seemed
successful at first, its "haunting and terrible legacy" is now becoming
Operation Ajax, as the plot was code-named, reshaped the history of Iran,
the Middle East and the world. It restored Mohammad Reza Shah to the Peacock
Throne, allowing him to impose a tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic
Revolution of 1979.
The Islamic Revolution, in turn, inspired fundamentalists throughout the
Muslim world, including the Taliban and terrorists who thrived under its
In his new book "All The Shah's Men," New York Times correspondent Stephen
Kinzer asserts "It is not far-fetched to draw a line from Operation Ajax
through the Shah's repressive regime and the Islamic Revolution to the
fireballs that engulfed the World Trade Center in New York."-- Stephen
The Shah's Men," NPR On Point, August 20, 2003]
VIDEO: Barry Lando and Michel Despratx,
of Deceit," 2004
Enver Masud, "Iraq War: 'Supreme International
Crime'," The Wisdom Fund, June 29, 2005
[The trap had been baited very cleverly by Glaspie, reinforced by
Tutweiler's and Kelly's supporting comments. And Saddam Hussein walked
right into it, believing that the US would do nothing if his troops invaded
Kuwait. On August 2, 1990, eight days after Glaspie's meeting with the
Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein's massed troops invaded Kuwait.--Kaleem
the US State Department still keeping April Glaspie under wraps?,"
Jang, December 25, 2005]
Stephen Kinzer, "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii
to Iraq," Times Books, April 4, 2006
Barry M. Lando, "Web of Deceit:
The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush,"
Other Press (January 23, 2007)
[The now-infamous Downing Street documents showed how President George Bush
managed his move to war by fitting intelligence to his policy, and by
refusing to accept the reports of United Nations inspectors who could find
no Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Now there is a new hot document that
confirms that Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair intended to sucker
Saddam into war. It demonstrates that this aim was present long before the
Bush-Blair talks, and indeed that provocation formed an integral feature of
the U.S. war plan.--John Prados, "A War Conspiracy Documented,"
tompaine.com, February 21, 2007]
John Pilger, "Iraq: The Crime of the Century,"
New Statesman, December 10, 2009
[In addition to having its interns use Google to "gather intelligence," Stratfor
reportedly operates by paying corporate and foreign policy informants via Swiss bank
accounts and prepaid credit cards for inside information that it then repackages as
"analysis" and peddles to those of its 300,000 subscribers and clients--Steve Breyman,
"Inside the Fanciful World of Stratfor: Robert D. Kaplan's Geopolitical
Bunkum," counterpunch.org, May 2, 2014]
[Thirteen years before George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction to justify
his invasion and occupation of Iraq, his father made his own set of false claims to
justify the aerial bombardment of that same country. The first Gulf War, as an
investigation by journalist Joshua Keating concluded, "was sold on a mountain of war
propaganda." . . .
Under Bush Sr., the U.S. dropped a whopping 88,500 tons of bombs on Iraq and
Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, many of which resulted in horrific civilian casualties.--Mehdi
Hasan, "The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush:
War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice," theintercept.com, December 1, 2018]
Jon Basil Utley, "How the Gulf War Gave Us the Antiwar Right,"
theamericanconservative.com, December 21, 2018