356. 8/1/1990

"After Hussein's forces did invade the small oil-rich state [of Kuwait] on August 1, 1990, and threaten the security of Saudi Arabia, bin Laden immediately volunteered his services and those of his holy warriors. The Saudi army and his own men would be enough to defend the Kingdom. …The Saudis did not take this offer seriously. …They turned instead for help to the U.S. government and then-President [H.W.] Bush, who had made his fortune in the oil trade and so understood exactly what was at stake in Iraq's invasion of Kuwait."

 – Holy War, Inc., Peter Bergen, 8/1/1990

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