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There are two dominant answers depending on whether a person believes in idealism or pragmatism. The idealist believes that the United States opposed the Invasion of Kuwait on the grounds that national sovereignty should be protected. The pragmatist believes that the United States opposed the Invasion of Kuwait because it threatened to derail timely oil shipments to the United States.
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Answer August 2nd 1990
United States military invasion of Iraq took place at dawn on March 20, 2003.
To control the oil.
Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1991
Oil and "terrorism".
Saddam Hussein led Iraq when Iraq invaded Kuwait.
Iraq invaded Kuwait for the oil in 1990, not the other way around :P
Iraq wanted to control Kuwait's oil and take advantage of how close they were to the persain gulf
Iraq invaded Kuwait bacuse of the oil.
Iraq invaded Kuwait because the US ambassador to Iraq told him he could. What happened: In 1990 the Kuwaitis bought a machine called a slant drill. It's used by oil drillers… to get into really weird oil deposits. If you found a pool of oil under a 5000-foot mountain, you would slant drill into the pool because drilling straight down through a 5000-foot mountain would take a very long time. Kuwait didn't want the drill to go around a mountain; they bought it to drill into the al-Rumaila Oil Field. This they did. The al-Rumaila Oil Field is completely inside Iraq. Oops. Saddam called a meeting with our ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, and told her that if she didn't have the US tell Kuwait to stop tapping Iraq's oil he was going to annex Kuwait into Iraq. (Iraq has 18 provinces. They consider Kuwait to be their 19th province.) Glaspie told Saddam, "the United States has no position on your current border dispute." Saddam read that as meaning the US didn't care whether he invaded Kuwait so he did that.
In Gulf War
The two countries share a land border. The tanks literally crossed the desert.
The Iraqis can control the Kuwaitis oilfields
No, that is very unlikely. The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 is nowwidely recognized as a disaster, and the American people turnedagainst the war (and against President Bush) as… casualties mountedand the promise of quick and easy victory turned out to be false.President Obama's 2008 election win was partly because he promisedto end US involvement in Iraq, which he did in 2011. Although about300 US advisors have returned to help the Iraqi government, thereis no evidence the US plans to send any troops to Iraq; such a movewould be extremely unpopular with most Americans.
They wanted to protect their investments in oil.