U.S. Involvement in the Gulf War

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U.S. Involvement in the Gulf War Thesis: United States Military Strategy used for the Persian Gulf before, during and after the war was successful and reinforced the U.S. National Security Objectives. I. Military Strategy Equation: A. Shape B. Respond C. Prepare Now II. National Security Objectives III. Approaches to Military Strategy A. United States B. Iraq IV. Military Strategic Concepts The U.S. involvement in the Gulf War achieved success through the military strategy that was used. The three elements of the military strategy equation were: Shape, Respond and Prepare Now. (BD 30, U.S. Military Strategy). Shaping the international environment of the "Gulf War Crisis" with diplomatic and political reasons was uniform. Among allies, especially among threatened allies, the ultimate military test was: will you show up when you say you will? In the post-cold war world, there is only one superpower. Like it or not, Superpower action or inaction when aggression occurs does set the tone for behavior. On August 2,1990 the Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein gambled that the Saudis and the rest of the world would tremble, and ignore the tiny emirate of Kuwait that had just been invaded. Saddam reasoned that the fragile Arab relations with the west (United States), weak Gulf Arab armies, the existence of Israel, and his own armies' power would reduce resistance to political howls. There was the question of the United States itself. It had military might, but with the legacy of Vietnam, and the frustrating experience in Lebanon, and its dependence on oil…was the time right? Saddam seemed to think so (Bay 26). However; The United States immediate response to the Gulf crisis was sen... ... middle of paper ... ..." and "flexible response" military Strategic concepts. In the end, Iraq's self-interests were defeated and the United States' vital interests were secured by the successful application of U.S. Military Strategy. Bibliography: Sources Cited Bay, Austin, and Dunnigan, James F. From Shield to Storm. New York: William Morrow and Company, INC., 1992. Dudley, William, and Tipp, Stacey L. IRAQ: Current Controversies. California: Greenhaven Press, 1991. Field Manual 100-5, Department of the Army, Operations. June 1993. Mahnken, Thomas G. " The Gulf War and Future Warfare " Diss. Naval War College, 1997 Summers, Harry G. On Strategy II: A Critical Analysis of the Gulf War. New York: Dell Publishing, 1992. Woodward, Bob The Commanders Simon & Schuster, 1991.

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