In addition to the lies above, there were several lies that were told to support the Desert Storm campaign as well. Many of these lies have never been dispelled in the eyes of the American public. It is true that Saddam’s regime has engaged in acts of torture and he has taken actions that have resulted in the deaths of Iraqi citizens as well. This list of lies is in no way meant to support Saddam Hussein this is simply a matter of setting the facts straight.
1.In 1991 “Nayirah” testified before Congress, as a Kuwaiti hospital worker, that Iraqis had slaughtered 312 babies in Kuwaiti hospitals. This was later exposed as false after momentum for going to war had mounted. “Nayirah” was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to America and in Washington when the supposed incident took place.
2.Another critical piece of information that compelled Americans to support Desert Storm was a statement that Iraqi troops were on the border of Saudi Arabia and ready to invade. This proof has never been given to the public by American intelligence and there are photos from outside sources of the same area at the same time that show no troops present. That does not verify that that the statement is a lie, but no proof has ever been presented to the public to prove that it was true on the grounds of "national security".
3.The American public was not informed by President Bush Sr. that the area Kuwait was in fact a part of Iraqi region up until 1921, when Britain separated it from Iraq in order to remove Iraq’s access to its greatest harbor. The area of Kuwait had been part of the region of Iraq for over 1,000 years prior to this move. This does not make invasion okay, but it certainly makes it more understandable, and not the act of regional aggression that it was claimed to be by the Bush administration.
4. The American public was not informed that four days prior to Saddam's occupation of Kuwait American Ambassador April Glaspie told Saddam Hussein: “We have no opinion on your Arab - Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary (of State James) Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the 1960's, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America. "
That is a brief outline of the lies most directly related to the war in Iraq, but the Reagan and Bush administrations have told many other lies that relate not only to Iraq, but to the American people and to the international community. In addition to lies there are other pressing factors about the Bush Jr. administration and the administrations of Bush Sr. and Reagan that also relate to the current situation of war in Iraq as well as the current state of American politics and society.