414. 12/15/1990

“At a December 1990 White House meeting, according to [then-national security advisor] Brent Scowcroft, the [George H.W.] Bush administration decided not to aim for Saddam’s removal. As the national security advisor recounts in the memoir he co-authored with the president, A World Transformed, ‘We would be committing ourselves–alone–to removing one regime and installing another and if the Iraqis themselves didn’t take matters into their own hands, we would be facing…some dubious *nation-building* ‘ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol, The War Over Iraq, Page 44

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