Thoughts on Kuwait
By W. Thomas Smith Jr.ALI AL SALEM (Kuwait, near the Iraqi border) — OK, how do I say this tactfully: I like many of the Kuwaiti people I've met in my previous three visits to this country (four visits, counting my landing here at Ali Al Salem yesterday). But I personally don't like Kuwait: I hope one day my opinion will change.
Aside from the fact that far too many Kuwaitis are so oil-rich, yet refuse to work — preferring instead to bring in foreign workers for all jobs at nearly all levels — the younger Kuwaitis are being taught that the U.S. played only a secondary role in ousting Saddam Hussein's forces from this country during the Persian Gulf War. When in reality, U.S. and British forces (and other allies) knocked out Saddam's command-and-control, chased away or killed his air force, then kicked in the front (Kuwait) and side (Iraq) doors and destroyed much of his army in the open desert.
This was done after Kuwaiti soldiers — officer and enlisted alike — cut and ran like frightened schoolgirls when Iraq invaded (many even leaving their women and children behind): This has been detailed to me from multiple legitimate sources, many of whom were special operators in the region prior to the invasion and in the country during the war.
One Navy SEAL here told me that while the Kuwaitis were on the run, they were stripping off their rank insignia and uniforms and dressing in the clothes of ordinary 'foreign' workers — plumbers, truck drivers, etc. And, again, their women were left at home, and at the mercy of invading forces. Not a pretty history, but there it is.