American Experience

Saddam Hussein

Clip: Season 32 Episode 4 | 3m 49s

Initially resistant to the neocons argument to invade Iraq right away, President Bush felt himself increasingly drawn to the idea. The reasons were not only political, they were personal. "Bush developed a sense that there was unfinished business from the first Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s, that leaving Saddam in power had been a mistake,” recalled journalist Barton Gellman.

Aired: 05/04/20

Rating: NR

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