Why did Saddam Hussein become an enemy to the U.S.?
Saddam was our ally at first when we helped Iraq fight against Iran during the Iraq-Iran war since Iran was threatening both our and Saddams interests. After that since we sanctioned Iraq after Saddam killed his own people Russia took advantage of it and started to boost military and economic ties with Iraq.
- nonpartisanLv 62 years agoFavorite Answer
When the US didn't need him anymore.
When the Shah of Iran was overthrown in 1979 the US gave its support to the new Islamic-led post-revolution government. At the time, Ayatollah Khomeini, who became a symbol of the Islamic Revolution was in exile in Egypt and interim leader Prime Minister Shahpur Bakhtiar canceled a $6.2 billion contract for the construction of two nuclear power plants sold to them by the United States. When Khomeini returned to power in March of that year, he called for the expulsion of all foreigners. Thus, the US and Iran became political opponents.
The United States became friends with Iraq around this time and got Saddam Hussein to go up against Iran in retaliation. After the Iran-Iraq War, Iraq's economy took a massive hit. Kuwait lowered oil prices in an effort to harm Iraq's economy. Saddam tried negotiating with Kuwait on several occasions, but to no avail — Kuwait didn't back down. So he decided to "take back" Kuwait.
Responding to Kuwait's call for help, the U.S. attacked Iraq. Fortunately for Saddam, however, the American troops backed down without capturing him and ending it all. The U.S. then sought to enforce economic sanctions on Iraq, thereby sentencing Iraqis to a slow death.
Opposition to Iraq was the door that the United States needed to get into Middle East conflicts on behalf of Israel. Sadam Hussein was never an enemy to the United States - he was a scapegoat who got set up by the phoney WMD accusations.
- 2 years ago
Because US wanted control of oil in the middle east.
- ocularnervosaLv 72 years ago
Hussein was never an ally of the United States. He was fighting our enemy so we supported him but never trusted him.