United States support for Iraq during the Iran–Iraq War
, as a counterbalance to post-revolutionary Iran
, included several billion dollars worth of economic aid, the sale of dual-use technology, non-U.S. origin weaponry, military intelligence, Special Operations training, and direct involvement in warfare against Iran.
Support from the U.S. for Iraq was not a secret and was frequently discussed in open session of the Senate and House of Representatives. On June 9, 1992, Ted Koppel
reported on ABC
, "It is becoming increasingly clear that George Bush
, operating largely behind the scenes throughout the 1980s, initiated and supported much of the financing, intelligence, and military help that built Saddam's Iraq into" the power it became",McPherson, James. Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present
, Praeger Publishers, page 125, 30 June 2006.
U.S. foreknowledge and reaction to the conflict
Diplomatic relations with Iraq had been severed shortly after the 1967 Arab-Israeli Six-Day War. A decade later, following a series of major political developments, particularly after the Iranian Revolution
and the seizure of embassy... Read More