General Discussion, Friday, February 24, 2023

On February 24, 1991, after six weeks of intensive bombing against Iraq and its armed forces, U.S.-led coalition forces launch a ground invasion of Kuwait and Iraq.

On August 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, its tiny oil-rich neighbor, and within hours had occupied most strategic positions in the country. One week later, Operation Desert Shield began as U.S. forces massed in the Persian Gulf. Three months later, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq if it failed to withdraw from Kuwait by January 15, 1991.

At 4:30 p.m. EST on January 16, 1991, Operation Desert Storm, a massive U.S.-led offensive against Iraq, began as the first fighter aircraft were launched from Saudi Arabia and off U.S. and British aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf. All evening, aircraft from the U.S.-led military coalition pounded targets in and around Baghdad as the world watched the events transpire in television footage transmitted live via satellite from Baghdad and elsewhere.


Operation Desert Storm was conducted by an international coalition under the command of U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf and featured forces from 32 nations, including Britain, Egypt, France, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. During the next six weeks, the allied force engaged in a massive air war against Iraq’s military and civil infrastructure, encountering little effective resistance from the Iraqi air force. Iraqi ground forces were also helpless during this stage of the war, and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s only significant retaliatory measure was the launching of SCUD missile attacks against Israel and Saudi Arabia.

On February 24, a massive coalition ground offensive began, and Iraq’s outdated and poorly supplied armed forces were rapidly overwhelmed. By the end of the day, the Iraqi army had effectively folded, 10,000 of its troops were held as prisoners, and a U.S. air base had been established deep inside Iraq. After less than four days, Kuwait was liberated, and a majority of Iraq’s armed forces had either been destroyed or had surrendered or retreated to Iraq. On February 28, U.S. President George Bush declared a cease-fire, and Iraq pledged to honor future coalition and U.N. peace terms. One hundred and twenty-five American soldiers were killed in the Persian Gulf War, with another 21 regarded as missing in action.

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35 Responses to General Discussion, Friday, February 24, 2023

  1. Lucille says:

    “On February 28, U.S. President George Bush declared a cease-fire, and Iraq pledged to honor future coalition and U.N. peace terms.”

    That worked out well!

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    • Sharon says:

      I remembering “watching that war” on TV – and found it slightly disconcerting how that felt. There was a beginning, a middle, and an end in far less that one week. Something disturbing about the televising of it, especially seeing the hapless and helpless Iraqi troops along the road, trying to find somewhere to surrender or something.

      There seemed to be distinct parallel to the picnickers who showed up with their baskets for the first engagement of the Civil War. Disturbing.

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  2. Lucille says:


    Outside Santa Fe, New Mexico…

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  3. Lucille says:

    Good news….
    Arizona Rancher Charged with First-Degree Murder For Fatally Shooting Illegal Alien on His Property Posts $1 Million Bond, Released From Custody
    By Cristina Laila Feb. 23, 2023 6:55 pm

    Christian crowdsourcing site GiveSendGo had picked up the fundraising baton for Kelly’s bond and defense after GoFundMe booted all campaigns for the rancher from its site.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  6. Stella says:

    Good morning all! A bit nicer day today. Hope yours is too.

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  7. auscitizenmom says:

    Afternoon All. We have soared up to 1* above 0*. I am so grateful that maintenance keeps the sidewalks around the outside of the buildings and in the open hallways between the buildings very clear. When I took out the trash yesterday, the sidewalks were perfectly clear all the way. However, the snow on the grass has turned into about 10″ of ice. It is so clear you can see through to the grass in places. I have never seen anything like this. I am so grateful that my neighbor cleared the grass behind my patio of all the fresh snow back in October. It has stayed pretty clear since then and hasn’t gotten slick and icy. I had no idea back then how much help that little bit of shoveling would be. It has made a safe place for Loki to go out.

    Well, have a nice day.

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    • Sharon says:

      In small rural towns, some of the most highly appreciated and necessary crews are the guys who know how to keep the cleared quickly from the small streets …. and who know how to groom the streets during fall, when the temps are still drifting between 15-35 degrees, because that is when accumulating ice is an issue.

      If the streets are not groomed properly in the fall, the ice and ruts that are forming then will be the foundation for what will be there until the end of March or into late April.

      In MN we were always VERY GLAD when winter actually arrived (and stayed) in late November or early December. Then the firmly sub-freezing temps from then until March (except for an occasional warmup in January) meant that constant freezing/thawing/refreezing cycles were done for the time being.

      Areas that drift in and out of those temp ranges all winter can’t ever get stabilized and comfy. It’s easier to deal with when it gets below freezing and stays there. It sounds like Kalispell is one of the drifting-in-and-out areas…I hadn’t really understood that before. It can be a mess for sure!

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Well, that is interesting. The storms seem to be milder right in this little area whereas the rain and snow seem to be much worse near the mountains. People here are saying this is the worst winter they have ever seen.

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        • Sharon says:

          If it’s their worst, that indicates it will be easier!! I’m glad for you for that.

          There’s something about geographical location that means a lot – I was surprised when our son moved to Denver years ago that their winters, right off the Front Range of the Rockies, are actually usually pretty easy. The one Christmas Grant and I were there, they were slammed with heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions. Everything shut down for days, even though temps never got below 20 or so: they just don’t have the budget for infrastructure/equipment/personnel etc. to “keep things clear”, since it happens so seldom.

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          • auscitizenmom says:

            I’m glad I have been able to manage here as well as I have. The thing I was worried about was the lack of sunshine since I have lived all my life in places where the sun was out most of the time. But, even when it is grey here it is still bright because of the reflection off the snow.

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  8. Stella says:

    I almost wondered if this was photoshopped. Nobody would wear that dress, would they?

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