Before the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein threatened that if international forces led by the United States attacked Iraq, it would be ?the mother of all wars.? This is the origin of the multi-purpose pop culture catchphrase, ?the mother of all (fill in the blank)?? The U.S. effort in the Gulf War was directed by the elder George Bush and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell; Powell later became Secretary of State under Bush?s son George W. Bush? Hussein?s sons Uday Hussein and Qusay Hussein were killed by U.S. forces in the northern town of Mosul in July of 2003? Saddam Hussein was no relation to King Hussein, the late ruler of Jordan.
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