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The Gulf War (Pt. 2) (#1408)

This program, the second of a two-part look at the Gulf War, investigates what happened behind the scenes in the planning and execution of the air war and ground assault, and during the post-war rebellion inside of Iraq. Through interviews with key political and military leaders in the U.S., allied countries, and Iraq, as well as soldiers on both sides of the front line, the program focuses on the quick and terrible land and air battle of the Gulf War and the political decisions made in not continuing the war until the defeat of Saddam Hussein. Fearing another situation like the Vietnam War, the United States wanted to get out of the quagmire of Iraq and accepted all of Iraq's demands. It was President Bush's hope that, after Hussein's resounding defeat, an uprising within Iraq would displace Hussein. However, when the Kurds began their revolt, the United States did not support them. Ultimately with Hussein still in power, the United States' victory in the Gulf War seems hollow. Note: This series, which originally aired in 1996 on the fifth anniversary of the Gulf War, takes a historical look at the events surrounding the war. The programs capture such current leaders as Colin Powell and Dick Cheney in their roles during the 1991 conflict. [116 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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