Speeches, etc.

Margaret Thatcher

Speech to the American Petroleum Institute

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: Houston, Texas
Editorial comments:

No text survives in the Thatcher MSS, probably because MT spoke off the cuff or from notes. No tape has yet been traced. The API seems to have none. The speech was open to the public and there is a report of it in the Houston Chronicle of 19 Nov 1991, which records remarks on the Gulf War. No other topic is addressed in the report. Lurid conspiracy theories have circulated about this speech for a decade or more, suggesting that MT revealed Western plots to undermine the Soviet Union. No evidence has ever been produced for this claim.

Importance ranking: Minor
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Themes: Foreign policy (USA), Foreign policy (Middle East), Media, Defence (general), Defence (Gulf War, 1990-91)