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Legislative-Executive Relations and US Policy Toward Iraq

ByLouis Fisher

Iraq has preoccupied the last three Presidents. In response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

President George H.W. Bush in August of 1990 assembled a multinational coalition

and forced Saddam Hussein back to his borders. President Bill Clinton regularly

used military force against Iraq without congressional authorization. President

George W. Bush asked Congress for legislation to authorize war against Iraq,

insisting that the statute be enacted before the November 2002 mid-term elections.