November 16, 1990 – Drama At The Kremlin – A Shakeup In The Government Within Ten Days – Iraq: “The Last Diplomatic Cards Have Not Been Played”.
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November 16, 1990 – While the troop buildup in the Gulf continued, the war of words escalated. And while a war of words was escalating, a drama of another kind was taking place at The Kremlin between Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and arch rival Boris Yeltsin.
With Russia going through a period of severe economic troubles and an increasing feeling of dissatisfaction with the Communist Party, Gorbachev delivered a 90 minute address to the Parliament, announcing a shakeup in the government within 10 days and measures to contain the current economic downturn the country was going through as well as sweeping changes in the Military whom many felt had lost faith in Gorbachev. Opposition leader Boris Yeltsin voiced concern over the proposals and proposed vote of no-confidence in the Gorbachev government and called for the formation of a coalition government to pull the country out of its economic slide.
Meanwhile, the situation in the Gulf and the occupied land of Kuwait were at the forefront of a President Bush trip to the European Security Conference in Paris, with stop offs in Czechoslovakia and Germany. Bush and Gorbachev were slated to meet at the conference and discuss the situation before heading to Saudi Arabia to spend Thanksgiving with the troops stationed there. Bush assured skeptics that he wasn’t planning on doing another Vietnam, but the troop building was a clear, clarion signal to Saddam Hussein.
For his part, Saddam Hussein appeared on American television to inform the American audience he was not leaving Kuwait anytime soon – however, he did express regrets at holding Americans hostage. Gorbachev was continuing to press for an Arab solution to the Gulf crisis as Yygeny Primakov, Soviet Ambassador to the UN was asking the Security council to hold off voting on the issue of using force against Iraq for at least two months. He added that the last diplomatic cards “hadn’t as yet been played”.
And that’s just a small slice of what went on, this rather nervous November 16, 1990 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.