The Governor-in-Waiting

The last time Jay Garner was in Iraq, the locals begged him to stay. That was in 1991, in the aftermath of the Gulf War, when almost 8,000 U.S. servicemen and -women were still occupying the northern part of the country. Garner was in charge of providing a safe haven for thousands of Iraqi Kurds after Saddam Hussein brutally suppressed their postwar rebellion. In June 1991, with an uneasy peace in place, the Americans began pulling out. In the city of Dohuk, 1,500 Kurds surrounded then Major General Garner's headquarters. "No, no, Saddam!" they chanted. "Yes, yes, Bush!" Then they hoisted...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!