You can cut and paste everything in that article until your heart's content.<quoted text>
Following further high-level policy review, Ronald Reagan issued National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 114, dated November 26, 1983, concerned specifically with U.S. policy toward the Iran-Iraq war. The directive reflects the administration's priorities: it calls for heightened regional military cooperation to defend oil facilities, and measures to improve U.S. military capabilities in the Persian Gulf, and directs the secretaries of state and defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to take appropriate measures to respond to tensions in the area. It states, "Because of the real and psychological impact of a curtailment in the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf on the international economic system, we must assure our readiness to deal promptly with actions aimed at disrupting that traffic."
It doesn't change that beginning with the Carter administration, Saddam Hussein was seen as a moderating, friendly force against the Ayatollah and that relationship continued under President Ronald Reagan as Hussein waged war against Khomeini.
Good relations with Saddam began with Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter's former National Security Advisor.
Saddam became the enemy of our enemy after the Shah was deposed under the Carter administration. Which is why Carter blasting Bush for ending Saddam's manipulation makes him the #1 weasel.
Let it go.