1993-04 Bush assassination plot
Allegedly, Iraqi then-president Saddam Hussein had planned to have then-former United States president George H.W. Bush assassinated when Bush was visiting Kuwait in April of 1993, in retaliation for Bush's involvement in the Gulf War. The plot was used by US then-president Bill Clinton as justification for launching a missile attack on Baghdad in June.
The existence of the plot has since been called into question.
- 2008-03-24 [Talk|Index] Pentagon report finds no evidence of Saddam attempt to assassinate Bush § “Now skepticism is newly enveloping allegations of an Iraqi plot to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush during a trip to Kuwait in 1993.”
- 1993-06-27 [Talk|Index] US Fires Missiles at Baghdad, Citing April Plot to Kill Bush § “The United States launched a missile attack against Iraq tonight in retaliation for what President Clinton described as a "loathsome and cowardly" attempt to assassinate former President George Bush during a visit to Kuwait in April.”
[refresh] The plot was real. Admiral Daniel J. Murphy (USN-ret.) former deputy director CIA and former chief of staff to VP Bush, and I help orchestrate the President Bush celebratory visit to Kuwait. We were briefed while in Kuwait. The threat was real and present.