US ambassador April Glaspie OK'd his invasion. It followed months of failed negotiations to stop cross-drilling into Iraqi territory. Washington planned the provocation. It needed Saddam to react to wage war.
Kuwait was stealing Iraqi oil. Saddam wanted it stopped. With US approval, he took matters into his own hands. Doing so doomed him. As they say, the rest is history.
Weeks earlier, Netanyahu claimed Iran's "moving very rapidly to completing the enrichment of the uranium that they need to produce a nuclear bomb. In six months or so they'll be 90 percent of the way there."
Saying so then and now inverts truth. Defense Secretary Ehud Barak mimics him. He claims Iran may be approaching a "zone of immunity." He means Iranian fortifications may be too strong to penetrate.
On September 16, Netanyahu repeated the same anti-Iranian vitriol and propaganda on CNN's State of the Nation . Host Candy Crowley was as obsequious as Gregory. Corporate TV truth and full disclosure are verboten. So is failing to challenge a serial liar head of state.
Western media sources suppress what readers and viewers most need to know. Israeli criticism isn't tolerated. Nothing is said about its formidable nuclear arsenal. It's common knowledge that it's large and sophisticated. It's able to strike targets anywhere in the region and beyond. Saying so publicly is verboten.
Netanyahu and other Israeli officials have virtual immunity. They lie and get away with it. They commit daily crimes against Palestinians. They persecute their own Arab citizens.
Racism is official policy. It's institutionalized. Belligerence is a way of life. Imagine having a neighbor like this next door. Iran threatens no one. It has just cause to worry. Israel threatens naked aggression. Perhaps it's coming jointly with America.
It's widely believed Netanyahu favors Romney over Obama. He refused to say on air. He won't be drawn publicly into America's election, he said. Covertly he's been doing it for months.
Israel may be behind the anti-Muslim hate film. It provided a spark that incited violence across the region and beyond. It reflects deep-seated anti-American animosity. Decades of wars, occupation and Islamophobia produced blowback. People take so much before exploding.
They're like-minded about Israel. Throughout the region, both countries have rock bottom approval ratings. For good reason they're despised. Netanyahu's arrogance is reason enough for loathing and animosity. He's a public relations nightmare.
He represents fascism Israeli-style. He's a bully and at the same time cowardly. He prefers fights with easy targets. His style is attacking nonviolent Palestinian men, women and children. They're defenseless to fight back.
They're wrongly called terrorists. They only want to live free on their own land in peace. Lebanon's been frequently targeted. So are other regional countries. It's done overtly and covertly. No one's safe with a regional neighbor like Israel.
Nor are Israelis with leaders like Netanyahu/Barak.
Netanyahu told the Jerusalem Post he's confident the world will come around to his view. He won't stop pushing it.
"I started speaking about the Iranian threat 16 years ago. If I was not a lone voice then, I was one of the few, and then others joined. And then I started speaking about the need for economic sanctions against Iran. I wasn't the only voice, but I was one of the few," he said.