George H. W. Bush: Address to Congress on the Persian Gulf Crisis

(1990)

On September 11, 1990, exactly eleven years before another President Bush spoke on a day that Americans will always remember, President George H. W. Bush gave his Address to Congress on the Persian Gulf Crisis, concerning a Middle Eastern threat to U.S. values and security—Iraq's military occupation of neighboring Kuwait. The first President Bush declared that this invasion would not stand. He spoke hopefully to Congress and the American people about how determined action by a broad coalition of nations not only would repel aggression but also would help create “a new world order” of peace and security. In his speech, Bush also warned that economic problems at home threatened U.S. leadership abroad and appealed for public support for new legislation to reduce a growing budget deficit.

As was often the case during his presidency, Bush enjoyed far more success in international affairs than in domestic matters. Even though the United States and its coalition partners achieved...

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