*The first Gulf War, Desert Storm, was for political reasons only! George Herbert Walker Bush was hoping to be elected for a second term, but his poll numbers were extremely low, showing he was unlikely to be reelected. (Bush realized that in a time of war, the American people tend to rally around their president and that would give him the edge over his opponent for reelection.) Saddam had said repeatedly he was going to invade Kuwait, which realistically at one time, was a part of Iraq. The senior Bush said the US would not interfere in neighborhood matters between people in the middle east. That attitude gave Saddam Hussein the green light, to go ahead and invade Kuwait as the US would not intervene. Even the US Embassador, Aprile Glaspy, never alerted the dictator the US would intervene if he went ahead and invaded Kuwait.
As soon as Saddam invaded Kuwait, the two-faced Geoge Herbert Walker Bush put together a coalition of countries to oust Saddam from Kuwait. To the president's credit, he did not invade Iraq, only forced Hussein back into his lair. The senior Bush got a bump out of the brief war (only a few days), but the higher poll numbers did not last long and he lost his reelection.