On July 28, 1990, President George H.W. Bush sent a letter to Saddam Hussein, which read: ” ‘…my Administration continues to desire better relations with Iraq. We will also continue to support our other friends in the region with whom we have had long-standing ties. We see no necessary inconsistency between these two objectives.’ ”

 – Lawrence F. Kaplan and William Kristol, The War Over Iraq, Page 43