Daniel 8: 3: Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
The ram represented Media and Persia; its two horns represented the kings of Media and Persia (Daniel 8: 20: The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.). Media and Persia now encompass the nations of Iraq and Iran; the two horns now represent the presidents of Iraq and Iran. The smaller horn was the President of Iraq: Saddam Hussein, who came to power in 1979.
Daniel 8: 4: I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
Iraq launched scuds (rockets) against Israel in the west; it waged a murderous campaign against the Kurds of northern Iraq (1987 to 1988), and warred against Kuwait in the south (1990). Iraq became a great nation commercially (in oil), militarily (it had the world’s fourth largest army) and politically; no nation (beast) in the Middle East confronted it, thus Saddam Hussein became a dictator who did according to his will.
Daniel 8: 5: And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
The he goat represented the ancient western nation of Greece; its horn represented the King of Greece: Alexander the Great. The he goat then became the United States of America (the current western superpower) led by President George Bush Senior. The coalition army (allied with America) travelled to the Middle East via ships and aircraft (the he goat did not touch the ground) and prepared for battle there.
Daniel 8: 6: And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
The River Shatt al-Arab is a commercial artery between Iraq and Iran that taken by Iraq during the 1980 to 1988 Iraq-Iran War. On January 17, 1991, the coalition army unleashed the fury of its air power in the form of Operation Desert Storm which immobilised Iraq’s weapons’ network.
Daniel 8: 7: And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
On February 24, 1991, the ground assault (“G-Day”) began; 100-hours later Iraq was crushed (the ram had been trampled).
Daniel 8: 8: Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.
The United States of America became the world’s undisputed superpower after the Persian Gulf War. As Alexander the Great died soon after his global conquest, so too did George Bush Senior lose the presidency in 1993 (the great horn was broken).