WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Robert M. Gates conceded yesterday that his agency misjudged Iraq's intentions in 1989 when it concluded that Saddam Hussein's regime possed no threat to its neighbors for the next several years.
Intelligence experts believed that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, "having just concluded a 10-year war against Iran . . . would focus on rebuilding internally," Mr. Gates told a House committee.
"We provided a message of reassurance in terms of Saddam, and we were wrong," he said.
Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, and the United States, under the United Nations flag, went to war six months later.