This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book suggests that over the course of American history, the United States has placed emphases on a variety of different regions of the world in developing and implementing its foreign policies. The Persian Gulf War had a variety of related economic, military and political causes that, in combination, produced a confrontation between Iraq on one side and a broad coalition of Arab, European and Asian states led by America on the other. Bush and his national security team did a commendable job in organizing the coalition of Arab, Asian and Western states that opposed Saddam's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and restored the regional status quo through the prosecution of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Eliminating Saddam's regime was unquestionably an indispensable first step in providing an opportunity for the liberal democratization of Iraq over the long term.