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Tag: Persian Gulf War

Edited by Gerald Boerner


Introductory Comments:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbThis day was distinguished by a three major events in legal history. In 1803, the United States Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Marshall (one of the Founding Fathers), passed down a series of decisions that helped define the boundaries between federal rights and states rights under our Constitution. Among these decisions, the case of Marbury v. Madison defined the dominance of federal rights over the states in several major areas. This day in 1841 also saw former President John Quincy Adams, the son of our second President, John Adams, defend the rebellious slaves who were being transported aboard the La Amistad before the U.S. Supreme Court. And, finally, this day in 1868 witnessed the Impeachment Trial of President Andrew Johnson before the U.S. House of Representatives for firing his Secretary of War; he would be acquitted by the U.S. Senate later.

Fall of the Alamo

This day also witnessed a couple of significant battles during our country’s history. In 1836, General Santa Anna lead the Mexican forces against the Texan’s using the Alamo as their fortification in San Antonio. These brave Americans were fighting to create an independent Republic in Texas. Santa Anna’s forces stormed the Alamo on March 6th, Killing most of the Alamo’s defenders, including General Travis. Also on this day in 1991, the coalition forces, under a United Nations mandate, began their ground campaign against the forces of Saddam Hussein and his Iraqi troops; the coalition forces were fighting to restore Kuwait’s independence. The well-coordinated forces of the coalition successfully routed the Iraqi troops.


On a different note, this day in 1942 found a new shortwave radio broadcast, the Voice of America, beamed into the countries of occupied Europe with news from America. These broadcasts spread the news of what was actually happening in World War II, whether good news for the Allies or bad. This service was later expanded to include the Mediterranean and North Africa theaters as well as the Pacific theater of war. These broadcasts continued during the Cold War and into the present. Broadcasts were in the language of the various cultural and national groups around the world.

We now will proceed to examine some of the events that are associated with day in history... GLB

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Quotations Related to Sam Houston:

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“Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.”
— Sam Houston

“Whether his policy was right or wrong, he built up the glory of the nation.”
— Sam Houston

“A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.”
— Sam Houston

“I am aware that in presenting myself as the advocate of the Indians and their rights, I shall stand very much alone.”
— Sam Houston

“I would give no thought of what the world might say of me, if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.”
— Sam Houston

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Edited by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbIn 1990, Iraqi forces invaded and occupied Kuwait, an independent, oil producing state on the Persian Gulf. Saddam Hussein sought to recapture the rich oil fields of this small state; Kuwait had formerly been part of Iraq before the British Protectorate given by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 made it an independent state. Iraq needed the funds that the oil fields would bring to replenish their treasury after the Iran-Iraq War. After ignoring numerous UN Security Council Resolutions, the United States, under the leadership of President George H. W. Bush, formed a coalition of countries, including Saudi Arabia, to prepare to liberate Kuwait. During the troop build-up, this was named Operation Desert Shield. The action phase started on January 17, 1991.


Bush took great care to establish a working coalition before invading Kuwait. When they struck, it was similar to the Blitzkrieg used by Nazi motorized units and armored units during the early days of World War II. Our stealth fighters took out the Iraqi radar installations and generally sought to disrupt the Iraqi Command and Control Structure. Our action caught the Iraqis “asleep” and the actual battle lasted only a few days. Between our tank tactics and the use of our aircraft and cruise missiles capped the process.

Upon withdrawing from Kuwait, the Iraqis started fires on the oilfields to do as much damage as possible. The coalition planes decimated the troops trying to withdraw to Bagdad. Iraqi tanks and vehicles lined the main highway out of Kuwait. The coalition decided that the task was done once Kuwait had been liberated, despite the military’s desire to destroy Hussein’s special Republican Guard troops. But this was not carried through due to the lack of coalition consensus to do so.

It is unfortunate that George W. Bush, when he became president in 2000, did not heed his father’s wisdom. We will deal with the War on Terrorism over the next two days. We have suffered, as a country, due to that lack of international support, but instead have carried out two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, concurrently basically by ourselves.

But it is time now to get into the meat of today’s exploration of the First Persian Gulf War… GLB

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Quotations Related to Veterans Day:


“Remember, George, this is no time to go wobbly.”
— Margaret Thatcher

“I can tell you this: If I’m ever in a position to call the shots, I’m not going to rush to send somebody else’s kids into a war.” — George H.W. Bush

“By God, we will make the fire eat up half of Israel if it tries to do anything against Iraq.”
— Saddam Hussein

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Due to injury, this commentary will be added later. Please check back. Thank you.  GLB

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Quotations Related to VETERANS

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
— Cynthia Ozick

“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”
— Dick Cheney

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
— Elmer Davis

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