• Summary
  • Contents

Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chapter 43. Persian Gulf War (1991)
Chapter 43. Persian Gulf War (1991)
At Issue

When Iraq invaded Kuwait, a UN-sanctioned coalition led by the United States fought to liberate the country and to protect key Middle Eastern oil supplies, especially in Saudi Arabia.

The Conflict

On August 2, 1990, the Iraqi army invaded Kuwait, and Iraq’s president, Saddam Hussein, declared its annexation six days later. The United States and other nations feared that Iraq ...

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