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Post 16. Desert Storm – The Ground War

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July 22, 2020

The Coalition’s bombing campaign ended February 23, 1991. It was the eve of a massive ground assault, code name “Desert Sabre,” to drive Saddam Hussein’s occupying forces out of Kuwait. Saddam called it the “mother of all battles,” which he borrowed from the Quran….


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Post 17. Desert Storm – Aftermath

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July 22, 2020

First week of March, 1992. After 37 days of strategic bombing and a blitzkrieg 100-hour ground war, Saddam’s forces were utterly defeated and out of Kuwait. Mission accomplished. Now what?

Seeking a second-term, with the November election only eight months off, George Bush said, “We…


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Post 18. Economic Sanctions on Iraq: Weapons of Mass Destruction

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July 22, 2020

On August 6, 1990, four days after Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded Kuwait, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 661 imposing economic sanctions on Iraq, a full-blown trade embargo by all U.N. member states, followed by resolutions for naval and air blockades “to halt all inward and…


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Post 19. Response to 9/11. Afghanistan

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July 22, 2020

September 11, 2001. 19 Islamic militants, 15 Saudis, one Lebanese, one Egyptian and two Emirati, hijacked four U.S. civilian airplanes and flew two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third slammed into the outer wall of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C.,…


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Post 20. Selling the Second War on Iraq

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July 22, 2020

First responders were still searching the rubble of the twin towers when Bush and his inner circle pivoted from tracking down Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to invading Iraq.

Richard Clarke was in the White House on the…

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