President George Bush’s Draft of the Address to the Nation on the Gulf War
This is a typewritten draft of the televised speech given by President George H. W. Bush at the beginning of Operation Desert Storm. It includes handwritten notations by President Bush. In this speech, President Bush announced the advent of the air war against military targets in Iraq and Kuwait and outlined his objectives for this action. The speech was given on January 16, 1991.
-from the Bush Library
The Persian Gulf Crisis
On August 1-2, 1990, eighty thousand Iraqi troops and tanks crossed the border into Kuwait, triggering events that would lead to the Persian Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm.
Photo: President Bush participates in a full National Security Council meeting regarding Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Also present are William Webster, Robert Kimmitt, Secretary Cheney, Richard Darman, Governor Sununu, Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, Secretary Brady, Vice President Quayle, General Colin Powell and Secretary James Watkins, 8/2/90.
A day in the life of a President
This is the February 27, 1991, entry from the daily appointment log kept by President George H.W. Bush. Presidents keep a daily log of meetings with personal acquaintances, foreign representatives, and domestic advisors. On this day the log notes that at 9:02 p.m. eastern standard time, the President addressed the nation about the suspension of offensive combat operations in the Persian Gulf.
Ultimatum Letter from President Bush to Saddam Hussein
Operation Desert Storm began on January 17, 1991. Twelve days earlier, President George Bush sent this letter to Saddam Hussein explaining the course of action that would follow if Iraq did not withdraw from Kuwait and comply with the UN Security Resolution.