380. 8/15/1990

"On August 15 [1990], President Bush declared, 'Our jobs, our way of life, our own freedom and the freedom of friendly countries around the world would all suffer if control of the world's great oil reserves fell into the hands of Saddam Hussein.' To this, Secretary [of State James] Baker added, 'The economic lifeline of the industrial world runs from the Gulf and we cannot permit a dictator such as this to sit astride that economic lifeline.' "

 – The Bush Agenda, Antonia Juhasz, 8/15/1990

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