During the Gulf War in early 1991, then-president George H. W. Bush called on Iraqis to rise up against Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party.

In the Kurdish north and in the Shiite South, hundreds of thousands heeded his call.  But after the short war was over in March, Bush appears to have completely lost interest in the Kurds and Shiites who rose up and now were in danger of being massacred by the Baath army.  Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf told the Iraqi military it could not fly armed helicopter gunships (as a way of protecting Iraqi crowds that had demonstrated).  The Iraqi officers said that they used the helicopter gunships as aerial ambulances, but that some were armed with rockets.  Could they please fly the armed helicopters?  Schwarzkopf said that he was too tired to argue, and said “OK.” [Read more]

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