Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
The elder Bush invaded Panama in December 1989.
And then there was the Gulf War between August 1990 and February 1991.
Yeah, I know, I participted in both.
I don't think either makes him a warmonger but I'll give you Panama. Noriega was a puppet of the US government from the 1950's to the 1980's. He was heavily involved in drug trafficking, which we turned a blind eye to, until he illegally stole an election he lost by vote and remained in power by force. The latter didn't go over well with the Panamanian people. We created the monster, so to speak. The opponents of the invasion said that the US was only doing this to protect its own interests. That may have been true but there were also 35,000 US citizens living down there and a vital link to commerce in the Panama Canal.
Desert Shield and Desert Storm are a totally different animal. The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait was condemned internationally within hours of it occurring. A few days later US deployments to help protect Saudi Arabia were underway, at the request of Saudi Arabia. Yes, it was done because Hussein moved towards the border of Saudi Arabia, threatening not only the country but the oil fields. Hussein was given plenty of time to withdrawal. Desert Shield only became Desert Storm after the UN mandated deadline had passed. Even though the operation was US led and 75% of the forces involved were ours there were still 34 countries that contributed either financially or militarily. We didn't start this one. We stopped a little more than 100 miles from Baghdad when the cease fire came. I was ticked at the time but in the end stopping was the best way to go. The resolution only called for pushing Iraq out of Kuwait, not taking Baghdad. I don't think we had any plans for what to do even if we had.