From What Really Happened: "With American prompting, Saddam led Iraq into a bruising war versus Iran for eight long years. The Iraq-Iran war depleted Iraq’s resources and crippled its economy with debt and lost oil revenues. There were at least four-hundred thousand killed on both sides, however the exact number of war dead remains unknown. As Heikal recorded in “Illusions of Triumph”: whenever one side seemed in sight of victory Washington would secretly begin helping its opponent. The US intention was to 'let them kill each other' — a remark attributed to Kissinger."