9. Defining moments of the Thatcher years | Gulf war advice to Bush | 3 August 1990

“Remember, George, this is no time to go wobbly.”

On 2 August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. The next day, Margaret Thatcher played an instrumental role in persuading President H W Bush to take a tough stance against the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein.

On 6 August, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 661, placing economic sanctions on Iraq, and the first US troops moved into Kuwait over six months later, on 23 February 1991. Thatcher has said that she felt "we ought to throw him out so decisively that he could never think of doing it again", but the UN-backed forces stopped short of deposing Saddam.

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