April 27, 1991 |
April Glaspie, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, will take a leave of absence for one year to teach at a university in the United States, the State Department said. Glaspie, 49, has been working on Persian Gulf matters at the State Department since leaving Iraq shortly before the invasion of Kuwait last August. A department official said that Glaspie will then return to her diplomatic duties.
July 21, 1991 |
It was a turning point in history. Two people meet in a room for two hours. Afterward, a war is launched. A half-million Americans go to battle, billions of dollars are spent, tens of thousands of people die. So what happened in that room? What really happened in that two-hour meeting last year between Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and American Ambassador April Glaspie? We are just now finding out the truth of it. Secret cables have been released. Charges are flying. Defenses are being readied.
June 28, 1993 |
APRIL IN MOGADISHU: Remember the rap against April Glaspie? That as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, she didn't stand up to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein just before his troops invaded Kuwait? Well, what better way to save a career that's been nose-diving ever since than to face down a group of Somali warlords? Sources say Glaspie, now a U.N. political aide in Mogadishu, persuaded a dozen of them to disarm after the U.N. attack on warlord Gen. Mohammed Farah Aidid. . . .
March 22, 1991 |
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, said Thursday that she believes President Saddam Hussein was convinced last July that the United States would go to war in the Persian Gulf if necessary but might have believed he could win. Glaspie's testimony to a House subcommittee was sharply challenged by the chairman, Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.), who cited a series of Administration statements to try to show that the United States gave conflicting signals.
May 31, 1991 |
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein did not believe that U.S. envoy April Glaspie had given him a green light to seize Kuwait and expected a severe U.S. reaction, an Iraqi leader said in an interview published Thursday. Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz told the Turkish daily Milliyet that he was present at a controversial meeting between Hussein and Glaspie just before the Aug. 2 invasion.
November 22, 1992 |
One of the services performed by Ross Perot in the recent election was to reintroduce the name April Glaspie to the American public. When Perot mentioned her in the final presidential debate, no doubt a fair number of citizens scratched their heads and tried to remember just who she was. They should not blame themselves. Glaspie was a reasonably obscure diplomat--except for one brief shining moment when she changed the course of world history.