Islamist terrorismbut American intelligence and security forces foil the plot. In retaliation, Clinton orders a missile attack on Iraqi intelligence HQ in Baghdad (see below). Many Republicans, unaware of (or oblivious to) the attempted assassination, use the missile attack to criticize Clinton. As later items in this site will show, the evidence of the Hussein-backed assassination plot is circumstantial and shaky. (BBC)
Bush familyOstensibly the trip is for the ex-president to accept an honorary degree from the University of Kuwait and an award from the Emir, Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Sabah. Baker comes along to cement deals for Houston energy firm Enron; along with Bush family friend Robert Mosbacher, Baker becomes a major figure in Enron's efforts to develop global energy deals. Both Baker and Mosbacher secretly make millions off the deals. In a later trip with Baker to help convince the Kuwaitis to accept an Enron contract to rebuild the Ushaiba power plant, damaged in the Gulf War, Marvin Bush comes along to represent a variety of US defense firms trying to sell goods to the Kuwaiti Defense Ministry. Neil Bush is along to sell anti-pollution equipment to Kuwaiti oil contractors. An executive with the company Neil Bush represents claims that there is "no conflict of interest. ...We're just capitalizing on whatever good feelings exist." Neil will later return to Kuwait City and, with the help of Baker, attempt to secure a management contract with the Ministry of Electricity and Water for a consortium made up of Enron officials and foreign representatives, and would have had the Kuwaiti government paying a management fee to a Kuwaiti company that was owned in part by a private company set up in the Caribbean or some other tax haven. "The offshore firm would have various owners, in Europe and elsewhere, one of which would be a company in which Neil Bush had an interest," reports Seymour Hersh. A financial analyst terms the scheme ingenious: "If you looked at one of the contracts, how in the hell would you know that Bush was in it?" (Austin Chronicle, Kevin Phillips)
Bush familyMarvin worked in Boston's financial sector until taking over the hedge fund section at Virginia's Winston Partners. Neil dodged a serious jail sentence over Silverado Savings and Loan, and went into investments with his Interlink Management Corporation. Jeb wound up in Miami doing his own investment business with his IntrAmerican Investments, and ended up doing real estate deals with known Mafia connections and savings and loan institutions that went suspiciously belly-up after funnelling large amounts of cash into Jeb's and his Cosa Nostra partners' pockets. And George W. spent most of his time digging dry holes and pouring millions of his partners' dollars down them. "[W]henever he drilled a dry hole," said one wit, "someone always filled it up with money for him." He originally intended to be a stockbroker. His Houston friend Doug Hannah said, "He wanted to be rich. He wanted to be a stockbroker because his great-uncle and uncle were stockbrokers.... George and I would sit around in the summertime, in the evening, and dream about opening our own stock brokerage firm. We all wanted to be partners." A secretary at his first oil firm, Arbusto, said she believed he was more interested in lining up new investors than actually finding oil. "My suspicion was that he enjoyed raising money more," she remembers. (Kevin Phillips)
Osama bin LadenAmong other uses, this jet transported missiles from Pakistan to Somalia that are used to kill American special forces members in Somalia, as well as for initial training for what would become known as "Operation Bojinka." The Pentagon provides no information as to why it would sell an American jet to a known terrorist. (CCR)
Islamist terrorismThe report fails to mention the possibility of a jetliner being hijacked and used to crash into a major building or national landmark, though the possibility was discussed in earnest by the panel of experts who produced the report. Apparently the section was forcibly deleted by the Department of Defense. One of the panel members later writes about the possibility in The Futurist magazine. (CCR)
Domestic terrorismAn investigation finds that Attorney General Janet Reno was negligent for authorizing the FBI to assault the compound, but does not find that the assault caused the fire, which was most likely started by cult leaders inside the compound.