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IRAQ: Saddam Hussein and Ambassador April Glespie

The role of Ambassador April Glaspie in unleashing one and possibly two wars illustrates the problems an ambassador faces. One false step can lead to tragedy. She was a professional diplomat. What about the political appointees to major countries, whose diplomatic skills are usually minimal? Think of Joe Kennedy in London at the opening of World War II. Ed Jajkp tells us: "For a version of the transcript of Ambassador Glaspie's discussion with Saddam Hussein on 25 July 1990, see: Another version is at

Ronald Hilton - 2/23/03