Remarks on Our Gulf
George Shrub, 1992
First of all, Saddam Hussein has a million-man army. Technically, it’s only 500,000, counting the 11-year-olds, but you know, the Sandinites had a million-man army too for a couple of weeks, until I remembered there were only 3 million people in the country. But anyway, I enjoy filling you in on these things because you tend to believe them. Some of them. Some of you.
Now Iraq has long since positioned itself on top of the Ramalia oil fields – that is to say, they are in Iraq. Except for two little fingers of it that stick out into Kuwait, just across the line that is there, that is, the line in the sand. Now a certain corporation has been taking some oil out of those two fingers, a corporation known in business circles as Kuwait. And Saddam doesn’t understand that this is how pirate enterprise works.
Why was it so important to put the Sabah family back into the palace in Kuwait City? It was a question of jobs. And dollars. The Emir and his relations do have just a few hundred billion dollars in our Western banks, and they’ve been sort of keeping us afloat in that sense, and I think we were obliged to return the favor.
Now the new Hitler was on his way to take Saudi Arabia. He didn’t know that at the time, but I did. Following which,you did. Later it turned out he wasn’t, but it was a bit too much later.
Above and beyond all these other reasons for us to be there, the most important is to destroy Iraq’s military-industrial complex, because we are opposed to military-industrial complex proliferation. There is a document called “Iraqi Power and U.S. Security in the Middle East” which says basically that Iraq has become, through its very notable ability to learn from experience, the foremost mechanized warfare machine in the world today. Now that disturbs the balance of power, especially ours. We need to take them down a peg so somebody else can get a chance to be the best, so we can take them down a peg.