Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) provided a $500 million loan guarantee to Iraq to build the Aqaba oil pipeline, a project that earned the personal attention of then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. But even more prodigious amounts of aid flowed from Washington to Baghdad via the Agriculture Department's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).
The guest of honor was former President George H.W. Bush, fondly referred to as "41." My oldest son, Eric Blanchette, had opened a press conference on the beach in Boca Raton, Florida, when 41 had just been elected and before he was sworn into office.