Posted by | January 5, 2016 16:37 | Filed under: Contributors Mark Quincy Adams Opinion Politics War & Peace


Twenty five years ago today, On January 6, 1991, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was well aware that his invasion of Kuwait five months prior was leading to battle. Negotiations to force his retreat were futile,  and U.S. President George H. W. Bush had our military and an international coalition ready. War was at hand. Knowing that, Saddam stood, rifle in hand and made a now infamous declaration most have greatly misinterpreted.

“The battle in which you are locked today is the mother of all battles…Our rendezvous with victory is very near, God willing.”

Most saw this as a boast of imminent Iraqi victory and a threat to the US Military. It seemed that Hussein, by promising that the Gulf War would be “one mother” of a battle, was promising a massive military victory. Naturally, when his army turned tail and ran and the U.S. lead coalition swiftly liberated Kuwait, Saddam’s bombast became a huge joke and source of ridicule lasting to this day.

It turns out, however, Saddam was correct, because the real implication of his statement was lost. He meant it would be the “mother of all battles” because it would give birth to all future conflicts. He wasn’t saying the Gulf War was going to be quick and decisive victory for Iraq, although he may have believed that. Rather, the Iraqi dictator was predicting it would start a chain of events unfolding over decades and perhaps generations.

Looking back after a quarter century, it seems Saddam was prophetic. It’s not difficult to connect the dots from that war, to the violence and turmoil across the world today. Simply put, Gulf War I, led to Al Qaeda which led to Gulf War II and now ISIS. All the little children of that famous battle have been creating havoc and misery few could have foreseen at the time.

Therefore as much as we may hate to admit it, we should probably acknowledge the unpleasant truth that Saddam Hussein was right. His invasion of Kuwait and the resulting Western troops on the ground in the region have given birth to the bloody wars and vicious terrorism that haunts us all to this day. The first Gulf War, 25 years ago was, in fact, the “mother of all battles.”

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By: Mark Quincy Adams

A proud 'pragmatic progressive' Mark Quincy Adams has been a political
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  • tracey marie

    Very good. The bush klan took the bait and now the right blames President Obama.

    • Mensa Member

      I’m sure that bin Laden considered the 9/11 attack successful beyond even his own imagination and hopes.

      His goal was to bait the US into an invasion of Afghanistan where we could be beat in a war of attrition like the Soviets were.

      Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld stupidly took that bait and then invaded yet another Muslim country! bin Laden could not have been happier.

  • Mensa Member

    >> Gulf War I, led to Al Qaeda which led to Gulf War II and now ISIS.

    Not to quibble but Ronald Reagan’s support of the Afghani mujaheddin led to Al Qaeda.

    But, for sure, the American military base(s) established in Saudi Arabia during Gulf War I was a core motivation for Al Qaeda attacking us on 9/11.

  • amersham46

    The West is trying to impose ‘western style democracy in an area that loyalties are still are at clan and tribal level , don’t arm the armies there, back the War Lords and Tribal Chiefs, they will fight ISIS on their terms to protect their turf

    • Mensa Member

      The irony is that Iraq has significantly gone backwards in this regard, thanks to the Iraq War debacle.

      Not to oversell Saddam’s Iraq. He committed genocide on the Kurds.

      But there was nothing like Al Qaeda or ISIS under Saddam.

  • aNYYankeeinCSA_REDNECKERY

    Perhaps …but I strongly disagree with The Iron Sheik….. Iran, No. 1!,,no no no

    • Mensa Member

      I honestly don’t understand your post.

      • aNYYankeeinCSA_REDNECKERY

        iran is not number one as the sheik proclaimed

        • Mensa Member

          I had to Google “The Iron Sheik.”

          I know next to nothing about pro wrestling.

          • aNYYankeeinCSA_REDNECKERY

            ummm ok me neither pop culture ref….but umm ok

      • arc99

        Unless you followed professional wrestling in the 1990’s, you probably won’t get it.

        The Iron Sheik was a bad guy. He was a native Iranian and many of the storylines involved conflict between him and the American good guy Sgt. Slaughter.

        • Mensa Member

          Before Googling him, I could name only two pro wrestlers: Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura.

          • arc99

            I admit, pro wrestling was one of my guilty pleasures when I was younger. I lost interest when I found myself older than all of the current active wrestlers.

            I know people look down on wrestling as “fake”. But the fact is that regardless of how scripted the outcomes might be, you cannot fake the laws of physics.

            300+ lb men doing somersaults and backflips from 10 feet in the air takes skill, and takes a toll on the human body. The current physical woes of the Iron Sheik and many other wrestlers demonstrate that.

            • rg9rts

              Gorgeous George…Antonino Rocca….Man Mountain Dean…

          • Jack E Raynbeau

            Stop bragging. ;)

  • mea_mark

    ” … Western troops on the ground in the region have given birth to the bloody wars and vicious terrorism that haunts us all to this day. The first Gulf War, 25 years ago was, in fact, the “mother of all battles.” — It was a battle that has set in motion the freeing of the mind from the idea of, ‘My God is better your God’. Only problem is we/they just haven’t gotten there yet. It is a battle all right, a battle of self inflicted cultural oppression on the mind and soul of every one living over there. Freeing the mind from oppression is the great battle.

  • Bush and the GOP took out Saddam and created a power vacuum and destabilized the middle east which led to ISIS, Saddam was ruthless but that’s what it took to keep those guys in check.

  • Warman1138

    The first shit stirrer was Reagan, when he shipped troops over there and got them bombed.

  • Tommie

    We see what happen to the middle east now that Saddam Hussein is gone, thanks Bush!

  • jybarz

    In that case, W is the father.

  • rg9rts

    The ripple effect from that invasion still resounds

  • Darksnark

    Saddam was the one iron-fisted prick who could keep the religious lunatics of the Levant under control, and the Bush Administration decided to get rid of him in favor of the sectarian cluster fuc* mess that exists in the Iraq/Syria region now.

    You have to wonder how many people look back on the Saddam Hussein dictatorship as the “good ol’ days”….

  • robert

    None of Saddam’s weapons could reach the usa and ISIL didn’t exist Back when our national debt was only 7 trillion ( give or take 2 trillion )

    it looks like ” they ” already won the war with less intel too

    OH look the bush family has a new invention !