The purpose of this documentary was to show how the US went on the hunt to see if Hussein was storing weapons of mass destruction. The navy SEALs and combat engineers were only told a year in advance where they were being deployed, and they weren’t told where they were going. Right when they arrived, they were startled the huge amount of attacks on them, but the soldiers who had been there for a while were used to all the firing. Officer Hunt was being shot at constantly becuase they kept finding all of the hidden bombs wherever they were going. Most of the soldiers distance themselves from the others because they know the high probability of them dying.They go into detail about the tactics that the enemies would use, like using underground pressure plates connected to explosives with 9 Volt batteries and how the vehicle they had would detect the metal and then carefully dig around the suspected area. Officer Hunt proves the government was lying when they said they didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction, even though he had footage of the robotic arm digging up huge bombs that could instantly kill dozens of people. He explaains that they tried not to kill innocent people, but the enemies would hide in public areas and schools and fire mortars at them; their only option was to fire back and blow the whole place up. They ended up training, recruiting, and paying local police forces to help them build combat outposts all around the city and battleground. Using the outposts and locals dropped the level of violence significantly. Almost 5,000 died and 32,000 more were wounded. This documentary was relatively short, but it was very educational and insightful. It had the scientific, mathematic, cultural, and emotional components that make a great video. Now I can see what my uncle actually went through via an officer that previously served. Now I can really say that I understand how soldiers can see so many people die and not completely fall apart. I was truly fascinated by the science, math, and engineering behind all the IEDs and WMDs. The technollgy was also really sparked my interest. I have been wanting to join the military since I was a little kid, but I never told my dad because he always tells me what a dumb decision that would be and I never told my mom because I don’t want to put her in the same position of fear of her brother potentially dying. Watching this video has made me want to join even more, but I’m still trying to find out how to tell my family. Every time I see these clips of veterans and experiences, I feel like I need to do the same and I think about how much I respect and look up to them. They have kept this country alive and I would be honored to serve with them. derekhth00. “Fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom (DOCUMENTARY).” YouTube, YouTube, 8 June 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqC9CbW4EPc.
Najaf 1820 is a poem about soldiers transporting the bodies of dead comrades. It has a scene where the atmosphere is pretty much pure gunpowder. It talks about how gravediggers only need to bring one important tool- a shovel. This poem is pretty sad and it has a melancholic tone. I really like this poem because it it raw and doesn’t make anything seem better than it really is. Turner, Brian. “Iraq Soldier Describes War in Poetry.” NPR, Alice James Books, 7 Jan. 2006, www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5126583.
This painting shows a a US fighter honoring a fallen soldier who was most likely his friend, judging by his posture and facial expression. He is at at his deceased friend’s “memorial.” It’s the best memorial they can give him in this moment since the background suggests they are at war. The little set-up that they have is his weapon propped up in the sand with his helmet set over the top, his shoes in front of it, and his dog tag draped from the gun. This painting is touching because it shows how the soldiers feel when they lose their friends and it’s heartbreaking to me since my uncle went through this many times. I have lost a lot of friends and family members to tragic deaths, so I can relate to this one. For example, my uncle was shot to death at a football game, my friend jumped off a bridge, and a few more tragedies. All this soldiers’ friends that died is part of what makes him who he is, just like me. His face perfectly sums up how I felt, but couldn’t express at the time. I always felt bad for not showing a lot of emotion, but after looking at this painting I relaize that you can see how the person feels just by their eyes and face, not their actions. In a way, I feel pretty brave for going through all this stuff, just like the soldier, but I wouldn’t really compare my bravery to a soldier in war. Nance, Dan. “God Bless Our Troops by Dan Nance.” Fine Art America, 9 Dec. 2009, fineartamerica.com/featured/god-bless-our-troops-dan-nance.html.
This photojournal depicts soldiers helping other soldiers. It also shows Iraqi marines and civilians either beating down a memorial statue of Saddam Hussein. There are pictures of certain missions and operations. Some show dead Iraqi soldiers with their brains blown out, doors riddled with bullet holes, trails of blood in abandoned apartments, destroyed cities, torture devices used by Hussein, training, baptisms, and more. This actually really got to me. The guy with his brains blown out doesn’t bother me at all, but there were a few pictures of some wounded soldiers being carried by other soldiers and some training and I just feel like I’m not good enough, strong enough, brave enough, and selfless enough. Many of my friends are going into the military, air force, and national guard and I wonder how I even deserve these friends. This photojournal is a very accurate representation of the war; it woesn’t sugar-coat anything and it shows the raw and uncut brutalities that soldiers face every day when fighting. “A TIME Photographer's Iraq Diary - Photo Essays.” Time, Time Inc., content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1885837_1857277,00.html.
This opinion article explains how the US military in Iraq do not think before killing huge amounts of people. Only a few US soldiers have died, but thousands upon thousands of middle eastern civilians have taken the toll. I agree with this article because the US military doesn’t seem to consider how many innocent lives are taken. They drop so many weapons of mass destruction, but take no precaution when in comes to cities’ citizens. Board, The Editorial. “America's Forever Wars.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 23 Oct. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/opinion/americas-forever-wars.html?ref=topics.
Bush has authorized the mission to rid Iraq of dictator and leader, Saddam Hussein, and eliminate his ability to develop weapons of mass destruction. He gave Hussein two days to leave before he declared war, but Hussein refused. Bush authorized the use of uranium yellowcake ( a WMD ingredient) on Iraq. Bush and his administration recieved harsh criticism for the attacks and proposals. He said the mission was accomplished even though Iraq kept launching attacks of weapons and terrorists into the US. Towards the end, 3,000 US soldiers died and 20,000 were injured, while 50,000 Iraqi civilians were left dead. I think this article makes me hate Bush even more. I already didn’t like him, just because my parents and adults around me portrayed him as a coward, but now that I learn that he pretty much lied to us, it makes me more disappointed. That’s all in the past though, so I’ll try not to dwell on it (I am angered and irritated extremely easily). I think in the begining he had good intention, but it spiraled out of control. I think using WMD was inevitable, but I don’t think we should’ve killed US soldiers in doing so. They probably didn’t have the sae technology since it was almost 20 years ago, but we had some damn good airplanes and fighter jets. First, I think it is unfair to send US troops to a target that will eventually be attacked. Second, I think it is really unfair to kill innocent civilians, and not just target terrorists. One can’t go without the other because terroritsts could be hiding amongst civilians, so we would either have to drop a bomb on all of them or send in a ton of troops. History.com staff. “Bush Announces the Launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bush-announces-the-launch-of-operation-iraqi-freedom.