On January 15, 1991, "The day before he launched the U.S. attack against Iraq, President [H.W.] Bush signed National Security Directive 54. The first line states, 'Access to Persian Gulf oil and the security of key friendly states in the area are vital to U.S. national security.' "
– The Tyranny of Oil, Antonia Juhasz, 1/15/1991
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