Hard to believe that is has been 21 years already. Remember back when we had an actual foreign policy and a real Commander-in-Chief?
I was listening to the 8/1/11 evening broadcast from the BBC when the news broke, a most thrilling shortwave radio adventure.
Video at link for the multimedia-inclined.
Remember back when we had an actual foreign policy and a real Commander-in-Chief?
I remember him riding a huge wave of popularity after Desert Storm, with approval ratings over 90%.
Then the 1990 backstabbing budget deal (with the large tax increase) came hack to haunt him in the 1992 elections.
posted on 08/02/2011 3:14:59 PM PDT
(Sic transit gloria mundi)
On this date in 1923, Warren G. Harding died. Calvin Coolidge was visiting his father in Plymouth Notch, Vt., and his father did not have a telephone, so it was after midnight on August 3 before Coolidge was notified of Harding's death and was given the oath of office (by his father). On August 2, 1927, Coolidge made his surprise announcement that he would not run for another term in 1928.
My grandfather's brother died the day after President Harding--his widow died 67 years later, in 1990, at the age of 101.
I remember this well, and of course, the war that followed six months later.
I developed a minor crush on Arthur "Scud Stud" Kent.
I was so young and innocent then...Iraq and Kuwait were just two places on the other side of the world.
posted on 08/02/2011 3:17:16 PM PDT
(Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
I remember getting the alert call from my reserve center...
...I had just registered for my fall semester classes, just after coming off active duty...
My heart both fell and soared at the same time...
...can't believe it's been that long!
posted on 08/02/2011 3:29:42 PM PDT
(Obama's approval ratings: so low that Kenyans now accuse him of being born in the USA)
I well remember how many liberal Democrats were fiercely opposed to doing anything about it, John Kerry and club.
If they’d had their way Saddam would have ended up controlling all the oil resources of the Persian Gulf area and within a decade would have been the Arab superpower with nukes etc. He would not have been able to rival the USA directly but would have had a couple of hundred ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads before now.
Who knows what terrorism he’d have been supporting with his pal Abu Nidal and anyone else willing to join the new Nasser in a quest for fiery glory?
posted on 08/02/2011 3:36:29 PM PDT
(Are there any honest politicians in Washington, DC??)
Yes, it is hard to believe. On August 1st 21 years ago I took what I thought was my last call from my son from Haifa, Israel. They were headed out past the Rock of Gibralter the next day on the USS Eisenhower to return to the US after a six-month deployment in the Med. He said, Mom we’ll be headed out at a daybreak tomorrow, I’ll call you when we hit Norfolk and catch the first hop to home. He said it’s really weird here tonight. They confined us to a 1/2 mile area around the ship, so I had to stand in line for the phone is why I’m so late. We’ve got 6,000 guys here, so every eating place, bar, and pay phone is occupied.
The next afternoon his wife who had already flown down from Virginia Beach and I and his sister watched on CNN, as the USS Eisenhower headed up the Suez Canal for the Red Sea.
They sat there from August until January in Operation Desert Shield. They were relieved by the USS America at the Rock of Gibralter on their way out. They returned home right before the first airstrikes in mid-January. The next time I saw my son was in a CNN interview of the top gun Jolly Rogers and Pukin Dog pilots when they hit Norfolk shortly thereafter. CNN was interviewing the pilots about their disappointment at not getting to join the fracas. He wasn’t a pilot, he just happened to walk off the ship with one of his pilot friends when they hit the cameras. And there he was striding along beside them in his flight suit grinning like a big monkey. lol
posted on 08/02/2011 3:37:03 PM PDT
They sent like 20 Choppers of commandos after the Emir, but we got him out of the country,The Kuwait air force was changing from bombs to Air to Air when they got over run,The Iraqis made a mess there,But they had a friend in Ole Affirmative Action ,RINO Powell who got all weepy and called the War off after a 100 Hours,so we would have to go back what a douche.
posted on 08/02/2011 4:08:26 PM PDT
( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
I was stationed at Bad Toelz, Germany. The drawdown and realignment in Europe was imminent. Yugoslavia was just heating up.
posted on 08/02/2011 4:14:33 PM PDT
(Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
I was in Germany when Iraq invaded.
Didn’t think I would be in Saudi Arabia by December then.
Remember those who died in Operation Desert Storm.
posted on 08/02/2011 8:40:14 PM PDT
("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
I remember coming home (base housing at San Onofre on Camp Pendleton) and saw this on the evening news. Pretty soon, we were off in 29 Palms doing desert warfare training and before long we were over in Saudi Arabia.
"The Soviet Union, Iraq's main supplier of arms, has suspended the delivery of all military equipment to Iraq."
I just wanted to point out this one little tidbit of information here. Only because if I had a nickel for everytime I heard some idiot (who thought he was smart) say that we supplied Sadaam with his weapons that he ended up using on us I'd be a rich man. When we went into Kuwait, I saw AK-47's rifles, markorov and tokorov pistols, T-62 and T-72 tanks (on fire BTW). Well, you get the picture. I never saw one Iraqi who was holding an M-16 rifle. I get tired of hearing these armchair generals telling me that we supplied Sadaam's army and how close an allay we were to him before the Kuwait invasion. The only thing we supplied Sadaam with militarily during the Iraq/Iran war was satallite intelligence on Iranian troop movements. Why? Because we didn't want Iraq or Iran to decisively win the war and upset the balance of power in the region.
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Saddam Hussein has threatened to turn Kuwait city into a "graveyard" if any other country dares to challenge the "take-over by force".
I understand the fragility of the coalition, and the limits of the UN mandate, but GHWB should have gone ahead and removed Saddam, extracted war reparations (and our POWs), and left the joint to its own devices -- no no-fly zones etc. Saddam would have been turned over to some Middle Eastern Muzzie headsman, and we'd have been done with it.
posted on 08/06/2011 9:06:54 PM PDT
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I was up late and saw it unfold on CNN. Went downstairs and woke my mom. She was out of it until I said, 'your sons are going to war.' She sat up and wanted details. Sure enough, one of my brothers went to Kuwait, a mile from the Iraqi border. The other brother was notified his guard unit could go any time.
I was a student at Michigan State during the Gulf War, and was absolutely appalled at how many protested 'no blood for oil'. Nearly got into a few fights. My roommate's boyfriend, an Air Force ROTC member, was attacked and beaten by a bunch of students.
Little did I know it was a sign of things to come...
posted on 08/06/2011 9:14:59 PM PDT
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