Blinkered View of Iraq Diplomats Were Misled by Saddam's 'Cordial' Manner

Did one clumsy statement by the US ambassador in Iraq trigger the first Gulf War? The leaked US cables show diplomats failed to pick up signs that Saddam Hussein was preparing to invade Kuwait, and that they painted his regime in a consistently favorable light in the years leading up to the conflict.
Saddam Hussein brandishing an AK 47 during a visit to villages in northern Iraq in 1998.

Saddam Hussein brandishing an AK 47 during a visit to villages in northern Iraq in 1998.

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