December 9, 1990 |
The two Texans pulled no punches, and they reported that Saddam Hussein listened intently as they made their strong plea. Release all the hostages, they urged the Iraqi president. The "human shields" are doing you no good, they said they told him. And they will not be a deciding factor if President Bush should order an attack against Iraq. So why keep them? Let them go, John B. Connally and Oscar S. Wyatt said to Hussein. "It's hurting you in the eyes of the world," said Connally, a former U.S.
December 9, 1990 |
Free at last, about 500 foreign hostages, including 22 Americans, began flying home Saturday night, becoming the first to leave here following Saddam Hussein's declaration of general amnesty for all foreigners in Iraq and Kuwait. Another 400 or more Americans are expected to leave today, a senior U.S. Embassy official in Baghdad said Saturday night.
October 18, 2004 |
A month before the Persian Gulf War began in 1991, with an attack by the U.S.-led coalition imminent, famed Texas oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt rushed his corporate jet to Baghdad to rescue 21 Americans being held hostage by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. It was a personal triumph for Wyatt, who had clashed with the U.S. government over the private rescue mission, and a political one for Hussein, who was trying to convince the world that he remained open to negotiation after his invasion of Kuwait.
May 22, 2004 |
Texas natural gas tycoon Oscar Wyatt and his partners have agreed to buy Enron Corp.'s prized pipeline assets. The $1.8-billion deal, announced Friday, would put Wyatt back in the gas business and give the fallen energy giant cash to pay creditors. NuCoastal, a Wyatt-led consortium that includes affiliates of Citigroup Inc. and Kelso & Co., would also assume $430 million of CrossCountry Energy's debt.