Summary: The interview mainly focuses on Brian Martin and his many medical/health problems that suddenly occurred after his service during the war. He explains his many trials he took to later recovery from poison inhalation. Though he still to this day has not completely recovered. Reflection: The interview shines light onto the many battles soldiers faced, not from during the war but after. A prime example being Brian’s obstacles faced after returning home from Kuwait. He describes many of the symptoms from the large amounts of chemicals, oil, and sand he has inhaled over the course of a year. MLA Citation: Martin, Brian. Interview. KPBS, Oct. 1997, www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/syndrome/veterans/martin1.html. Accessed 3 Mar. 2018.
Summary: The podcast summarizes the main events of the Persian Gulf war. From the raised tensions between Iraq and Kuwait to Iraq’s eventual retreat. Reflection: The podcast clear;y describes many of the political events of the war for the average American and many f the significant events for soldiers who were serving at the time. MLA Citation: NPR. "Remembering The First Gulf War, 20 Years On." Talk of the Nation, 24 Aug. 2010, NPR.org. www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129402661.
Summary: Jarhead is the film adaptation of Anthony Swofford memoir, based on his experiences in the Persian Gulf war. The movie spans from his initial entry into boot camp all the way till his return home and shift back to a normal life. Reflection: Jarhead, in my opinion, is the prime example of the Persian Gulf war in film. It shows the trauma many faced just from the entry of bootcamp to the constant fear of being attack, but never being attacked. MLA Citation: Jarhead. Directed by Sam Mendes, Produced by Douglas Wick, and Lucy Fisher, Perf. Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Cooper, Jamie Foxx. Universal Pictures, 2005.
Summary: Guardian compiled several photos from the Gulf War and the effects on the neighboring countries. They added concise captions to give the viewer a better understanding of what they are looking at. Reflection: I felt many of the pictures they chose shows all aspects of the war that would interest those during the time it was occuring or many years after. MLA Citation: Guardian. "Gulf War - 20 Years on." The Guardian, 14 July 2017, www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2011/jan/12/gulf-war-in-pictures.
Source 2 (Opinion Article): New York Times, “Fighting the first Gulf War” Summary: Anthony Swofford, a former U.S. marine in the Persian Gulf, describes the many experiences of the war and several instances in which he feels may have been flawed and/or poorly organized. Resulting in the loss of men, in many cases to friendly fire. Reflection: Swofford paints a very clear picture of his experiences in Iraq and Kuwait. He provides very substantial claims that he supports with anecdotal evidence. For me his many point was extremely compelling and easy to understand. MLA Citation: Swofford, Anthony. "Fighting the First Gulf War." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia, 2 Oct. 2002, www.nytimes.com/2002/10/02/opinion/fighting-the-first-gulf-war.html.
Summary: The article, or report, accurately describes several occurrences in the first few weeks of America's involvement in the war. Many of the reports are only a few phrases in length and much detail is left out. Reflection: Personally I feel that reports such as these are very critical for the public. Many Americans like to be informed about specifics of the war they are currently participating in. Without daily and/or weekly reports majority of the populus may feel they are fighting a war they know nothing about leading to conclude that its not worth fighting. MLA Citation: Los Angeles Times. "Firsts In The Persian Gulf War." Los Angeles Times, [Los Angeles], 28 Jan. 1991, Retrieved from library database. articles.latimes.com/1991-01-28/news/mn-284_1_persian-gulf. Accessed 4 Mar. 2018.