Today in History: Gulf War Ground Offensive Begins

| February 24, 2017

170220_news_219x365Security is tight as a lid around New York City, given the build up of events. People are on edge, realizing that the U.S. is entering into serious warfare, despite all the questions raised. We find ourselves comforting friends and family who are concerned about overseas travel and the inevitable gridlock around the United Nations where we are getting married on a cold, crisp, spectacularly blue morning in mid-February. It’s too happy a day to be worried about the biting weather… and the military is on our minds’ back burner, for at least a little while. Years later, I double frame a cobalt vase of red hibiscus — a still life gouache painted by my mother on the back of a typed letter from her younger sister. Just two weeks into the new year, my aunt writes, “There are heavy security precautions being taken everywhere here in the City, but especially in the airports and transportation locations, because it is assumed that even if the war is over by the time you arrive, there is still the danger of post war reprisals by the Iraqis, who seem to determined to punish that ‘Satan Bush.'”

On February 24, 1991, the United States launched a major offensive against Iraq and Kuwait, stemming from Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, a tiny country rich in oil. in August 1990. After four days, Kuwait was freed and President George Bush declared a cease fire. Approximately 10,000 of Iraq’s troops were held prisoner and the U.S. Air Force has been established deep within Iraq. The Gulf was code-named Operation Desert Shield and then Operation Desert Storm, and many nations joined the coalition, which proved the largest military alliance since World War II.

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