"On January 15, 1991, the day before the United States launched attacks against Iraq, President 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 U.S. remains committed to defending its vital interests in the region, if necessary through use of military force, against any power with interests inimical to our own.' "
– The Bush Agenda, Antonia Juhasz, 1/15/1991
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