In November 1989, “according to a declassified State Department report, intelligence officials reported that Iraq was diverting dual-use American exports to military projects and using front companies to acquire nuclear technology. Undeterred, [James] Baker’s State Department and [Brent] Scowcroft’s NSC [National Security Council] secured $1 billion in loan guarantees for Iraq that same month.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol, The War Over Iraq, Pages 41-42