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Caption These - First Photos of War in Iraq - Day 1

Posted on 03/20/2003 11:44:42 AM PST by Republican_Strategist

March 19: President Bush announces the start of the war against Iraq during a televised speech to the nation.


March 20: Dawn breaks over Baghdad.


March 20: Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles are launched from the USS Donald Cook in the Red Sea.


March 20: Day breaks over downtown Baghdad after the first round of strikes meant to wipe out Iraq's leadership.


March 20: (Fake)Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein addresses his people in what is thought to be a live televised speech.


March 20: Aviation ordnance specialists aboard the USS Kitty Hawk load a JDAM bomb onto the wing of an F/A-18 Hornet in the Persian Gulf.


March 20: A blast can be seen in downtown Baghdad during coalition strikes at dawn.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: captionthis
Thursday: The first Tomahawk missile to be fired into Iraq is launched from USS Bunker Hill.


Thursday: A U.S. Marine, wearing a nuclear biological and chemical protection suit, waits in a bunker in Kuwait.




1 posted on 03/20/2003 11:44:42 AM PST by Republican_Strategist
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To: Republican_Strategist

Did anyone else notice last night the not-so-subtle talons holding the arrows (above his left shoulder)?

Just a little symoblism that is completely appropriate.

2 posted on 03/20/2003 11:47:07 AM PST by mattdono
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To: Republican_Strategist
Call me biased, but I prefer my version of dawn breaking over Baghdad...

Qapla!

3 posted on 03/20/2003 11:47:07 AM PST by Redcloak (All work and no FReep makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no FReep make s Jack a dul boy. Allwork an)
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To: *CaptionThis
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4 posted on 03/20/2003 11:47:38 AM PST by Republican_Strategist (Win the War on Terrorism - Bomb Iraq!)
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To: mattdono
I did notice they were pointing to the Left
5 posted on 03/20/2003 11:49:27 AM PST by Republicus2001
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To: Republican_Strategist
Thanks--nice photos!
6 posted on 03/20/2003 11:50:33 AM PST by k2blader (If one good thing can be said about the UN, it is that it taught me how to spell “irrelevant.”)
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To: mattdono
I noticed this last night when I was watching and I wouldn't doubt that one of my astute FRiends noted the same, I add the comment here because of the image brought it back to my mind.

Symbolic, but important.

7 posted on 03/20/2003 11:51:16 AM PST by mattdono
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To: mattdono
That's not just "symbolic."

Whenever the U.S. seal is normally displayed, the eagle is shown holding an olive branch in its claws. When the U.S. is at war, the olive branch is replaced by a bunch of arrows.

As far as I know, the seal has had the arrows in it every time it's been displayed since 9/11.

8 posted on 03/20/2003 11:51:24 AM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: Republican_Strategist
Smoke billows from the planning ministry in Baghdad after it was hit by a missile
Smoke billows from the planning ministry in Baghdad after it was hit by a missile.

Baghdad urban renewal courtesy of US Military.

9 posted on 03/20/2003 11:54:14 AM PST by McGruff (The liberation of IRAQ has begun.)
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To: mattdono
Actually, I think I'm wrong about that.

The eagle holds BOTH an olive branch and the arrows, but I believe the direction the head of the eagle faces is determined by whether the U.S. is at war or not.

I'm not sure which direction the head is facing, but I'm sure it's toward the arrows.

10 posted on 03/20/2003 11:55:10 AM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: Alberta's Child; mattdono
Take a closer look. The eagle always has both the olive branch and the arrows -- check a $1 bill.

Now note that the head of the eagle in the picture is still looking at the olive branch. We are not officially at war, otherwise the eagle would be looking at the arrows.

OTOH, the draping of the flag to show the arrows is intentional and deliberate.
11 posted on 03/20/2003 11:55:48 AM PST by jae471
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To: McGruff
I'm sure Brown & Root already has the plans drawn up for the building that will stand in its place.
12 posted on 03/20/2003 11:56:04 AM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: Alberta's Child
Not so. The eagle in the Great Seal of the United States has an olive branch in one talon, arrows in the other. It isn't changed just because we're at war.

http://www.greatseal.com/
13 posted on 03/20/2003 11:56:24 AM PST by Sid Rich
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To: Alberta's Child
Beat me... You corrected yourself. Sorry.
14 posted on 03/20/2003 11:57:01 AM PST by jae471
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To: jae471
I see -- thanks for the correction. I knew I had it mixed up.

Why aren't we "at war?"

15 posted on 03/20/2003 11:57:16 AM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: Alberta's Child
The seal has both arrows and an olive branch. Traditionally, the eagle's head turns toward the arrows in time of war.
16 posted on 03/20/2003 11:57:23 AM PST by Redcloak (All work and no FReep makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no FReep make s Jack a dul boy. Allwork an)
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To: jae471
I don't believe the eagle in the Great Seal of the United States is changed in any way just because we're at war.
17 posted on 03/20/2003 11:58:38 AM PST by Sid Rich
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To: jae471
LOL. I got confused because I've got an image in my mind of what might be a different U.S. emblem. Is there an emblem of a U.S. cabinet-level department that has a similar eagle, but holding a long olive branch that extends from one claw to the other and curls up on either side of the eagle?

Maybe I'm just going nuts -- I must be thinking of a Dutch emblem with a dove holding marijuana leaves.

18 posted on 03/20/2003 12:00:07 PM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: Sid Rich
The idea that the seal changes during wartime is an urban legend. Go to www.snopes.com and search on "Great Seal."
19 posted on 03/20/2003 12:00:48 PM PST by Sid Rich
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To: jae471
Yes, you are correct about this.

Right.

I know. That was the whole point of my post. As I said it was "not-so-subtle".

20 posted on 03/20/2003 12:01:28 PM PST by mattdono
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To: Sid Rich
Hmmm. Then I stand (partially) corrected.
21 posted on 03/20/2003 12:03:12 PM PST by mattdono
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To: Republican_Strategist
The first of two F-117 stealth fighters lands in the early morning hours at a forward-deployed air base in the middle-east, after completing a mission March 20, 2003. The F-117s from the 8th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron out of Holloman A.F.B., New Mexico, are currently deployed in the middle-east supporting all ongoing operations. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Derrick C. Goode NO SALES


U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Fox Company 'Raiders', from L to R: Sargeant Hardy from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Corporal Paul Compean from Victoria, Texas and Corporal William Algarin-Mendoza, of West Palm Beach, Florida, lie in a dug-in bunker after a scud attack, March 20, 2003 in an undisclosed location in the Kuwaiti desert. Iraq (news - web sites) fired missiles across the Kuwaiti border toward U.S. troops Thursday, prompting soldiers to don gas masks and chemical protective gear. At least one of the rockets was intercepted by a Patriot missile, U.S. officials said. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan


U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Fox Company 'Raiders' listen to their commanding officer in an undisclosed location in the Kuwaiti desert. Iraq (news - web sites) fired missiles across the Kuwaiti border toward U.S. troops Thursday, prompting soldiers to don gas masks and chemical protective gear. At least one of the rockets was intercepted by a Patriot missile, U.S. officials said. Picture taken March 19, 2003. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan


Their tanks pointed towards Iraq (news - web sites), the U.S. Army soldiers from the 4th Battalion 64 Armor Regiment prepare their vehicles early Thursday, March 20, 2003. The first U.S. cruise missiles and bombs fell on Baghdad earlier Thursday, followed by several Iraqi missiles fired at Kuwait. (AP Photo/John Moore)


Soldiers of the 'Widowmakers,' 3/502nd Infantry Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division, dig in after a ground attack siren was raised at Camp New York in the Kuwait desert, March 20, 2003. Iraq (news - web sites) fired missiles at Kuwait, prompting U.S. troops to don chemical protective suits and setting emergency air raid sirens blaring in Kuwait City. REUTERS/Jason Reed


An F-14 Thomcat approches for landing on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier after flight operations Thursday, March 20, 2003. The first Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired early Thursday against Iraqi targets, and U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites) said the war against Baghdad had begun. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)


An unnamed gunner stands prepared silhouetted by the moon, at the rear of USS McCain destroyer Wednesday, March 19, 2003. The USS McCain, carrying Tomahawk land attack missiles, is due to play a part in the attack on Iraq (news - web sites). (AP Photo/Adam Butler)

22 posted on 03/20/2003 12:05:16 PM PST by Republican_Strategist (Win the War on Terrorism - Bomb Iraq!)
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To: Republican_Strategist
If Saddam and 2 of his doubles survived, it would make and interesting episode of To Tell the Truth.
23 posted on 03/20/2003 12:05:32 PM PST by ward_of_the_state
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To: mattdono

Dear Saddam,

All your base are belong to us.

24 posted on 03/20/2003 12:05:51 PM PST by Dems_R_Losers
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To: Alberta's Child; Sid Rich
I did a search. Between about 1914 and 1946, the Presidental Seal had the eagle facing the arrows, but the Great Seal had the eagle facing the olive branch. In 1946, the Presidential Seal underwent a redesign by a Truman Exec. Order, which, among other things, made the Presidential Seal's eagle head consistent with the Great Seal, i.e. always facing the olive branch.

The timings of the changes (start of WWI and end of WWII) are merely coincidental.
25 posted on 03/20/2003 12:08:50 PM PST by jae471
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To: Dems_R_Losers
Dear Saddam:

Notice that this eagle here over my left shoulder is still holding all 13 arrows.

That little surprise you got last night was the olive branch -- the arrows haven't even started coming yet.

26 posted on 03/20/2003 12:09:57 PM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: Republican_Strategist

"Paradooor... Parador I loooove you...."

27 posted on 03/20/2003 12:11:22 PM PST by ericthecurdog
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To: jae471
Well, thanks for clearing that up!

I think the idea of changing the direction of the eagle's head is a good one.

Better yet -- during wartime, replace the olive branch in the right claw with a mangled dove.

28 posted on 03/20/2003 12:11:35 PM PST by Alberta's Child
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To: ericthecurdog

29 posted on 03/20/2003 12:12:40 PM PST by ericthecurdog
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30 posted on 03/20/2003 12:12:40 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: Sid Rich
I think the eagle's position is the same no matter the state of war or peace. The emblem is meant to show strength preferred through peace - but gained by force when necessary.
31 posted on 03/20/2003 12:13:26 PM PST by azhenfud
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To: mattdono
I saw that too...! Had to explain it to my wife....
32 posted on 03/20/2003 12:15:35 PM PST by Portnoy (No complaints here....as long as I'm fly fishing.)
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To: Dems_R_Losers
LMAO.

Perfect.
33 posted on 03/20/2003 12:16:08 PM PST by SuzanneWeeks
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To: jae471
Right. The eagle's head hasn't changed in 50+ years.
34 posted on 03/20/2003 12:17:46 PM PST by Sid Rich
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To: Republican_Strategist; All
Soldiers of the 'Widowmakers', 3/502nd Infantry Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division are seen through night vision goggles as they don gas masks during their first scud attack warning at night since hostilities against Iraq (news - web sites) began, at camp New York in the Kuwait desert March 20, 2003. Thousands of U.S. troops in northern Kuwait were told to don protective chemical suits and be ready for combat by 1630 GMT on Thursday, Reuters reporters with the military said. REUTERS/Jason Reed


A column of US Army Bradley armor vehicles from the 3rd Infantry Division roll at dawn in the northern Kuwait desert as the massive US military force moves to a striking distance to Iraq (news - web sites)(AFP/Romeo Gacad)


A British soldier wearing a gas mask, mans his position during a sandstorm in the Kuwaiti desert, Wednesday March 19, 2003, ahead of possible military action. The ultimatum given by President Bush (news - web sites) to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) to leave his country or face war, will expire Thursday. (AP Photo/Dan Chung, The Guardian, Pool)


A British Royal Air Force Harrier jet is filmed by a fellow Harrier pilot as it flies over the oil fields of southern Iraq (news - web sites) early in the morning of March 18, 2003. Warplanes from the USS Abraham Lincoln bombed Iraqi positions on March 19 after coalition aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone were fired on by Iraqi forces, a top admiral said. Photo by Reuters (Handout)


A Royal Air Force Harrier jet is filmed by a fellow RAF Harrier pilot as it flies over the oil fields of southern Iraq (news - web sites) early in the morning March 18, 2003. Warplanes from the USS Abraham Lincoln bombed Iraqi positions on Wednesday after coalition aircraft patrolling the no-fly zone were fired on by Iraqi forces a top admiral said. Photo by Reuters (Handout)


A U.S. Army vehicles from the 3rd Infantry Division convoy to a position near the Iraqi border Wednesday, March 19, 2003. The commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Buford Blount III, ordered his troops to reposition to locations near the border as Predisent Bush's deadline for Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) to leave Iraq (news - web sites) approached.(AP Photo/John Moore)

35 posted on 03/20/2003 12:18:04 PM PST by Republican_Strategist (Win the War on Terrorism - Bomb Iraq!)
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To: azhenfud
That's what I said. It doesn't change.
36 posted on 03/20/2003 12:18:35 PM PST by Sid Rich
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To: Republican_Strategist

Say the Secret WORD and the Duck will give you $100!

37 posted on 03/20/2003 12:19:49 PM PST by Master of Orion
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To: McGruff; All

Smoke rises from an explosion over al-Rasheed military facility on the south east of Baghdad as the US launched a war on Iraq (news - web sites) with air stikes on the capital.(AFP/Patrick Baz)
38 posted on 03/20/2003 12:24:57 PM PST by Republican_Strategist (Win the War on Terrorism - Bomb Iraq!)
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To: jae471
I was taught that the eagle holds olive branches and arrows. The eagle's head always points to the olive branches symolizing the U.S.'s first choice is for peace, and the arrows symbolize the U.S. is willing to use force when peaceful means don't work.
39 posted on 03/20/2003 12:29:49 PM PST by doc30
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To: Republican_Strategist

40 posted on 03/20/2003 12:30:41 PM PST by Republican_Strategist (Win the War on Terrorism - Bomb Iraq!)
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To: Republican_Strategist

Big hands, big . . . ?

41 posted on 03/20/2003 12:42:41 PM PST by LibertyGirl77 (Yeah, I'm terrible.)
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To: ericthecurdog

Mr. Whipple in his off hours when he's not pretending to be a homicidal Iraqi Dictator...

42 posted on 03/20/2003 12:51:59 PM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Republican_Strategist
An explosion is seen in Baghdad as the US launched a war on Iraq with air stikes on the capital(AFP/Patrick Baz)
43 posted on 03/20/2003 2:50:33 PM PST by McGruff (The liberation of IRAQ has begun.)
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