Tag: George Bush

Desert Storm

Gulf War

Wikipedia Gulf War

The Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991), codenamed Operation Desert Shield (2 August 1990 – 17 January 1991) for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Storm (17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991) in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq’s invasion and annexation of Kuwait arising from oil pricing and production disputes. The war is also known under other names, such as the Persian Gulf War, First Gulf War, Gulf War I, Kuwait War, First Iraq War or Iraq War,[25][26][27][a] before the term “Iraq War” became identified instead with the 2003 Iraq War.

Kuwait Air Force McDonnell Douglas A-4KU Skyhawk ground-attack aircraft, Wikimedia Commons

To Sell a War

The Fifth Estate, CBC (1992)

To Sell A War is a documentary film, first aired in December 1992 as part of CBC programme The Fifth Estate. The programme was directed and produced by Neil Docherty.

It chronicles the Citizens for a Free Kuwait campaign efforts to spin public relations sentiment in the United States in favor of the Gulf War, focusing on the story of Nurse Nayirah, who was, in fact, Nayirah al-Sabah, the daughter of Kuwait’s ambassador to the United States Saud Nasir Al-Sabah. Her infamous testimony about Iraqi soldiers removing babies from incubators, which was widely disseminated, was a result of coaching by PR firm Hill & Knowlton.

To Sell A War – Gulf War Propaganda (1992)

The Great Conspiracy, The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw *
Barrie Zwicker, 2004

The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw is a 70-minute sequel to The Great Deception – a ground-breaking 44-minute video also by Barrie Zwicker. He was the first mainstream journalist in the world to go on air (in January 2002) and ask hard questions about the official story of 9/11. The Great Deception is a compilation of his series of seven commentaries on 9/11. In The Great Conspiracy, Zwicker updates and expands his critique. He analyzes the use of fear to befuddle the public. He reconstructs the so-called ?war on terrorism.? He examines in depth the failure of the military on 9/11 and George Bush?s highly inappropriate behavior that day. He finds the 9/11 Commission to be a total cover up operation. Throughout, he analyzes the role of the mainstream media as complicit in keeping the public massively misinformed and befuddled. And he suggests what we can do. Those who have seen both works find them complementary.

Barrie Zwicker – The Great Conspiracy (2004)

Remembering George H.W. Bush, 41st president *
PBS NewsHour, Dec 3, 2018

George H.W. Bush assumed many roles during his 94 years, from Navy hero, Yale graduate and Texas oilman to congressman, CIA director, vice president and president. He also had six children with his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, who passed away in April. The former president was active both physically and philanthropically in his final years. Judy Woodruff remembers the 41st president.

Remembering George H.W. Bush, 41st president – PBS, Dec 3, 2018

‘We think the price is worth it’
Madelaine Albright, 60 Minutes, May, 12, 1996

On May 12, 1996, Albright defended UN sanctions against Iraq on a 60 Minutes segment in which Lesley Stahl asked her, “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” and Albright replied, “We think the price is worth it.”[110] Albright later criticized Stahl’s segment as “amount[ing] to Iraqi propaganda,” saying that her question was a loaded question.[111][112] She wrote, “I had fallen into a trap and said something I did not mean,”[113] and she regretted coming “across as cold-blooded and cruel.”[110] Sanctions critics took Albright’s failure to reframe the question as confirmation of the statistic.[113][114][115] The segment won an Emmy Award.[116][117]

Wikipedia Madeleine Albright

Madelaine Albright, 60 Minutes, May 12, 1996

Flight 655 Apology

Flight 655

Wikipedia Flight 655

Iran Air Flight 655 was a scheduled passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai, via Bandar Abbas, that was shot down on 3 July 1988 by an SM-2MR surface-to-air missile fired from USS Vincennes, a guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy. The aircraft, an Airbus A300, was destroyed, and all 290 people on board, including 66 children, were killed.[1] The jet was hit while flying over Iran‘s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, along the flight’s usual route, shortly after departing Bandar Abbas International Airport, the flight’s stopover location. Vincennes had entered Iranian territory after one of its helicopters drew warning fire from Iranian speedboats operating within Iranian territorial limits.[2][3]

Statement on the Destruction of an Iranian Jetliner by the United States Navy Over the Persian Gulf

Ronald Reagan, July 3, 1988

I am saddened to report that it appears that in a proper defensive action by the U.S.S. Vincennes this morning in the Persian Gulf an Iranian airliner was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz. This is a terrible human tragedy. Our sympathy and condolences go out to the passengers, crew, and their families. The Defense Department will conduct a full investigation.
We deeply regret any loss of life. The course of the Iranian civilian airliner was such that it was headed directly for the U.S.S. Vincennes, which was at the time engaged with five Iranian Boghammar boats that had attacked our forces. When the aircraft failed to heed repeated warnings, the Vincennes followed standing orders and widely publicized procedures, firing to protect itself against possible attack.
The only U.S. interest in the Persian Gulf is peace, and this tragedy reinforces the need to achieve that goal with all possible speed.


Ronald Reagan, July 4, 1988

His response on television the next day was “I think it’s an understandable accident, to shoot and think that they were under attack from that plane … at quite a distance” and no changes in protection were going to be made.

Ronald Reagan, Nightline New York, July 4, 1988

Vice President Bush’s response *

Wikipedia George H.W. Bush second term

On July 3, 1988, the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing 290 passengers. Bush said that he would “never apologize for the United States of America. Ever. I don’t care what the facts are.”[99]

C-SPAN: George H.W. Bush: “I don’t care what the facts are” *


Wikipedia Flight 655

In 1996, the governments of the United States and Iran reached a settlement at the International Court of Justice which included the statement “…the United States recognized the aerial incident of 3 July 1988 as a terrible human tragedy and expressed deep regret over the loss of lives caused by the incident…”[13] As part of the settlement, even though the U.S. government did not admit legal liability or formally apologize to Iran, it still agreed to pay US$61.8 million on an ex gratia basis, amounting to $213,103.45 per passenger, in compensation to the families of the Iranian victims.[14]

IR 655: 22 years later, US will not apologize

RT America Jul 2, 2010

While Americans are celebrating Independence day this weekend, Iranians all over the world will be morning the death of nearly 300 hundred Iranian citizens at the hands of the US navy. On July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down Iranian airliner 655 en route to Dubai. The incident sparked controversy and it was later revealed the Navy tried to cover-up the incident. The event also came at the end of the Iran – Iraq war, marking a dark chapter in US history in the region.

RT America: IR 655: 22 years later, US will not apologize