TITLE

Gulf macho

AUTHOR(S)
Ackland, Len
PUB. DATE
January 1991
SOURCE
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Jan/Feb1991, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p2
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
This article argues that George Bush is intent on an unjustified war with Iraq despite the substantial lack of support by the American public. President Bush has shown himself to be a man who can change his mind. But is he really ready to begin negotiating with the leader he has repeatedly described as a the modern day equivalent of Hitler? The president seems intent on bloodying Saddam Hussein unless the Iraqi caves in to all his demands. Just 31 percent of the people agreed that protecting oil sources was agiood enough reason for U.S. military action against Iraq, and only 35 percent agreed that such action would be justified by the need to restore the Kuwaiti government and defend Saudi Arabia. Still, the nuclear threat was useful for the president's public relations campaign, which got a big boost at the end of November whebn the U.N. Security Council voted 12-2, with China abstaining, for a resolution allowing the United States and its allies to use military force after January 15 to oust Iraq from Kuwait.
ACCESSION #
9101281279

 

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