Believe it or not, it's been 20 years since Storming Norman Schwarzkopf, the Army general, and his American troops kicked Saddam Hussein's troops out of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm. And on January 20, many members of the White House and national security team during the Bush-Quayle years are planning a reunion of sorts at Texas A&M University.
The event to which former President George H.W. Bush has invited Desert Storm veterans, takes place just a few days after the official anniversary on January 16 when, 20 years ago, former White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater went before reporters to announce: "The liberation of Kuwait has begun."
The reunion and conference will take place at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University to reflect on those momentous events that culminated in the liberation of Kuwait. Among those attending are former Vice President Dan Quayle, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait, former Vice President Dick Cheney, James A. Baker, III, Bush's secretary of State, Bush's former Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell, and his national security advisor Brent Scowcroft.
"They're going to look at a moment in history where the American foreign policy establishment, led by President Bush, got it right," says Jim McGrath, a Bush spokesman. He also said that it might be the first time in history that the major foreign policy players have huddled two decades after a war to discuss how it all came together.
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