On August 15, 1990, days after Iraq invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990, President [H.W.] 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 that one man, Saddam Hussein.”

– “Remarks to Department of Defense Employees,” The American Presidency Project, Presidency.UCSB.edu, August 15, 1990