Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm Analytical Essay by Nicky

An evaluation and discussion of primary historical documents regarding the Gulf War.
# 146313 | 2,933 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2010 in History (Middle Eastern) , History (U.S. Post-Modern 1965-Present)

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The paper examines various documents and sources on the Gulf War, including Bush's address to the nation, the U.S. Army book "The Whirlwind War", "Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm: Chronology and Fact Book" by Kevin Don Hutchison, "Desert Shield at Sea: What the Navy Really Did" by Marvin Pokrant and the official U.S. Navy document, "The Gathering Storm". The paper reviews these works and their differing perspectives on the Gulf War. The paper highlights how many of these articles distort the information to suit their own purposes, while others present factual, unemotional accounts of what happened.

Documents and Other Source Materials

From the Paper:

"The Whirlwind War is a U.S. Army book detailing the war and its participation in the war. The book begins with an overview and background of the region and the reasons for tensions in the region, and it then chronicles the buildup of troops, masterminded by the United States, creating and expanding the shield, building the offensive, the offensive itself, the victory, and the aftermath of the war. Written by and for the U.S. Army, the document is a pro-Army look at the operations and decisions that led to the deployment of troops to the Gulf War. It is a history of the campaigns and fighting forces, but it is also a document designed to place the Army and its' leaders in a favorable light."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bush, George H.W. Address to the Nation on the Invasion of Iraq (January 16, 1991). Miller Center for Public Affairs. 2009. 1 April 2009. http://millercenter.org/scripps/archive/speeches/detail/3428.
  • Editors. The Gathering Storm. Naval Historical Center. 2009. 1 April 2009.http://www.history.navy.mil/wars/dstorm/ds2.htm.
  • Hutchison, Kevin Don. Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm Chronology and Fact Book. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995.
  • Pike, John. Operation Desert Shield. Global Security.org. 2009. 1 April 2009. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/desert_shield.htm.
  • Pokrant, Marvin. Desert Shield at Sea: What the Navy Really Did. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.

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