July 2, 1992 |
Newly declassified documents describe fears within the U.S. government that Iraq was diverting technology to its nuclear-weapons program as early as 1985--much earlier than previously known. The documents contradict angry assertions Wednesday by President Bush that the United States was unaware of any such diversion in the years before the Persian Gulf War while Washington was providing billions of dollars in aid and technology to Baghdad.
September 7, 1992 |
President Bush and his Democratic opponent Bill Clinton were each put on the defensive in nationally televised interviews Sunday night, with Bush insisting that the nation's economy is poised for a "strong recovery" and Clinton contending that he has told the whole truth regarding his draft record.
January 18, 1995 |
Teledyne Inc. reportedly is ready to plead guilty to federal charges that it illegally exported 130 tons of zirconium that was used to make cluster bombs for Iraq in the 1980s. The Los Angeles-based defense contractor plans to enter the plea rather than face trial next month in Miami, a source close to the case told Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
February 1, 1993 |
Former President George Bush misrepresented his role in the arms-for-hostage deals with Iran while he was vice president, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz says in memoir excerpts published Sunday. In the excerpts, which appear in Time magazine, Shultz says he was "astonished" to read a 1987 interview in the Washington Post in which Bush said no one strongly opposed the arms deals during 1985 and 1986 White House meetings. Shultz remembers those meetings differently.
September 2, 1993 |
A federal judge Wednesday rejected claims by a division of Teledyne Inc. that its role in the sale of 24,000 cluster bombs to Iraq was legal because the transactions were part of a secret U.S. policy to arm Iraq before the Persian Gulf War. In response to a government motion to keep classified information secret, U.S. District Judge Shelby Highsmith in Miami said that the claim by the Los Angeles-based defense company "does not constitute any legally cognizable defense."
April 20, 1992 |
Senate investigators are checking reports of covert assistance to Iraq by the Reagan and Bush administrations, Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Me.) said Sunday. Appearing on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press," Mitchell said he had not been informed of any such assistance, if it occurred, and he did not know whether other members of Congress were told. "I do not know whether a violation of law occurred or not," he said. "We are going to look into this tomorrow.