George H. W. Bush, The 41st President, Has Died
Bush was in office during the collapse of the Soviet Union and oversaw the end of the Cold War. During his one term as president, he also established a strong
American presence in the Middle East during the Gulf War. When Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait in 1990, Bush assembled an international coalition to push them back. According to
NPR, Bush launched a five-week bombing campaign to stifle Iraqi forces, followed by an extensive ground assault. While Bush ultimately decided against invading Baghdad and toppling Saddam Hussein, the issue was revisited by his son’s administration about a dozen years later, who ultimately made the
call to invade Iraq in 2003.