“The U.S. rapprochement with Saddam gathered momentum in December 1983 when [Middle East Envoy Donald] Rumsfeld flew to Baghdad [Iraq]. During the visit Rumsfeld met with Saddam and delivered a personal letter from President Reagan. The visit must have been a success for, after Rumsfeld returned to Washington, the United States began to exert pressure on its allies not to supply arms to Iran.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Con Coughlin, Saddam: His Rise and Fall, Page 215