Essays On Operation Iraqi Freedom

Operation Iraqi Freedom Essay



On March 20, 2003, the combined military forces of the United States and Britain crossed the southern border of Iraq and Kuwait with the intent of capitulating the government of Saddam Hussein. Over the course of 21 days, the joint task force moved quickly and decisively to seize major objective cities along the road to Baghdad using aviation, armor, artillery, and infantry. Following the overwhelming success of the primary combat operations of the invasion, stability and support systems proved insufficient as sectarian violence and other criminal activity among the local population of Iraq increased.

In ancient times, Iraq was known by the Greek term Mesopotamia, or the land between two rivers. These two rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, formed what was known as the “Fertile Crescent.” The vast stretch of low level land retained rain and flood water, making the soil exceptional for farming, thus it is said to be the cradle of civilization. It was home to the Sumerian Empire, beginning around

4000BC, long before Egypt, Greece, or Rome were known to have sophisticated societies. Agriculture, mathematics, literature, and the earliest forms of government were all established in this region. (1)
Conflict has also been a significant part of Iraqi history since the Akkadian wars of 2340 BC. The rise of the Babylonian dynasty in 1700 BC gave way to the Assyrian dynasty in 1340 BC. The Assyrians were eventually overthrown in the seventh century BC by the Persian Empire of Alexander the Great. (2) The Arabs conquered the region in the early expansion of Islam in the eighth century AD, followed by the Mongol invasion in 1258. The last of the great dynasties to rule the region was the Ottoman empire from 1534 to 1918, when the end of World War I divided the region under the League of Nations mandate for French and British control to the form what remains today. (3)
A period of civil unrest and revolt plagued the British mandate government in Iraq. Arab nationalist and other political activists led an uprising against the Regent monarch resulting in a coup d’etat in July 1958 by members of the newly formed Ba’ath Party. (4) A series of power struggles ended 10 years later placing Ahmed Hasan al-Bakr as President, with a young Saddam Hussein as his deputy.
After many years of operating as President Bakr’s chief of security and instituting measures of loyalty among various sectors of the Iraqi Ba’ath government, Saddam Hussein demanded the President’s resignation. On July 22, 1979, Hussein administered a series of “democratic executions,” killing or imprisoning 66

government officials that were identified as conspirators against the Ba’ath party. (5) His ruthless and brutal dictatorship would bring his country to war with neighboring Iran from 1980 to 1988. Initially a territorial dispute, Hussein would cite Iran’s Islamic fundamentalism as his motives for continued combat and...

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When I started writing these essays, I was a very angry boy. I was focused on things that motivated me to push on as a result of anger and not because I wanted to make the world better for those around me. I finished this book before I had any children, and now I have two daughters. So my perspective has been altered. This is just a fact.

What this book is to me is a boy's journey into manhood. And I do not mean that I became a man because I "went to war." (To be clear: I fought war with communications equipment and not with bullets, so you'll not read about firefights or sieges in this book.) You don't have to go to war to become a man,. and you don't have to have children to become a man either. In order to become a man, you must engage in the world around you and work toward making it better. Of course "better" is relative, and one man will believe that some men's visions of a better world are anything but. 

So I wrote these essays about my time in war, about my sometimes unhappy childhood, about the time I spent in Zambia with my wife before her mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. I wrote these essays about a boy who loved to learn and then had his love of learning ripped away from him by some strange man on the night Mike Tyson lost the Heavyweight Title to Buster Douglas. Then I wrote essay after essay until I found the essay I was looking for all along: an essay about how my wife's love and patience were all I needed to rediscover my love for learning, life and people.

To all my friends who have supported me throughout the years during good times and bad: thank you. This is an amazingly good time for me. I've never been happier. And I am excited to share this book with the world. Now maybe some of you guys will have a better sense of what I did when I was in the Air Force when you read some of these essays. There will be more and more on this as the weeks pass, and I hope that you'll tell your friends and family. I will do my damnedest to do some readings and to get the book on the shelves in the stores where you buy books so that you can support those stores where you like to shop. For those of you who shop at home, it will of course be available on amazon too.

Happy Monday to you all. Here is a picture of a Dinosaur Tea Party that Shannon commissioned. She is paying me in laughter and smiles which is enough to sustain me on most days.

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