365. 8/2/1990

“The invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990, by Iraq’s Saddam Hussein caught the U.S. intelligence community by surprise once again. In a familiar but worrisome pattern, intelligence indicating the possibility of the invasion was not properly analyzed or was discounted by senior [H.W.] Bush administration officials, including then-secretary of defense Dick Cheney, who did not think that Hussein would be foolish enough to do it. General Lee Butler, the commander of the Strategic Air Command, was later quoted as saying, ‘We had the warning from the intelligence community–we refused to acknowledge it.’ ”

 – Matthew M. Aid, The Secret Sentry, Page 192

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