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11th Jun '13 1:53:38 PM MarkLungo
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->"''We have just started a war, it isn't a one day affair. It is not going to be over before the next commercial break.''"
-->--'''[[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/gulf/oral/powell/3.html Colin Powell]]''', then serving as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Note: This article is about the 1990-1991 war in the Persian Gulf and Kuwait, also known as Operation Desert Storm. If you are looking for what some refer to as "Gulf War II", then please see TheWarOnTerror. In fact, that is the third Gulf War and this is the second: The {{Iran-Iraq War}} of the 1980s was originally called the Persian Gulf War because of its impact on shipping.

The Gulf War lasted from August 1990 to March 1991.

Basically put, SaddamHussein launched an invasion of Kuwait to acquire control of its oil and was ejected by a United Nations coalition led by the United States.

A fuller history can be found in HistoryOfTheColdWar, as it was the final "ColdWar" conflict.

!!'''Tropes Involved with this War'''

* TheAlliance
* AmericaWinsTheWar: Justified; the US Military did almost all of the work, and 75 % of the Coalition forces were American.
* AussiesWithArtillery
* BatmanGambit: The Coalition massed naval assets in the Gulf, and pounded Iraqi defenses along the coast, implying an impending [[SemperFi massed amphibious assault]]. Once the Iraqis had committed to defending against that, in came the infamous "[[CurbStompBattle Left Hook]]" land invasion via Saudi Arabia.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Western and the Arabic allies.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: It was this to some extent in the US. A quick, short victorious war won in a landslide by the American democracy, utterly defeating the Iraqi dictatorship and liberating Kuwait. It gets considerably less "white" on the American side when one considers that Kuwait wasn't all that free under its own government, and that we left the Iraqi dictator in power, at least for another decade or so.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: This was the final time battleships fired their guns in anger. The USS ''Wisconsin'' and USS ''Missouri'' fired Tomahawk cruise missiles as well as 16" and 5" artillery at Iraqi positions in the Shatt al-Arab delta, totaling over [[MoreDakka 500 tons of ordinance fired, by each ship.]] Also an example of SchizoTech, because the battleships launched remotely-piloted aircraft (the first in the US Navy to do so) to scout targets and assess damage. The incoming fire was [[StuffBlowingUp so devastating]] that some Iraqi positions actually [[CrowningMomentOfFunny surrendered to the UAV]], rather than get blown to smithereens from a ship they couldn't even see.
* BritsWithBattleships: They were present - the British naval ship ''Glouscester'' scored the first ever missile-on-missile kill, destroying an Iraqi Silkworm missile aimed at the USS ''Missouri'' with a Sea Dart.
* CanucksWithChinooks: Yes, they were there too.
* CurbStompBattle: Desert Storm, the actual air and ground assault to liberate Kuwait and destroy Iraqi infrastructure lasted roughly 2 months. The ratio of Iraqis killed to coalition members killed were 300 to 1. [[WakeUpCallBoss Unfortunately, the Iraqi army and independents would learn from their mistakes a decade later.]]
* DeathFromAbove: Extensive use of airpower, centralized command and control of the numerous different air forces employed, and state of the art technology (stealth fighters, cruise missiles, and smart bombs) went far to contribute to the above mentioned CurbStompBattle.
* FriendOrFoe: According to official U.S. Department of Defense records, 367 Americans were killed in the war, 165 of them due to friendly fire. Of the total casualties taken by the whole alliance, only 48 percent were caused by the enemy according to a UsefulNotes/UnitedNations estimate.
* GaulsWithGrenades: The French would be glad to know that they're no longer CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys, considering they took part in the war. Not to mention the fact that the bulk of the Iraqi forces choose to surrender than fight at all, which would make them worthy of the title instead.
* GreyAndBlackMorality: From the point of view of most Muslims at least: Genocidal, imperiaist dictator seeking more oil revenue to exploit versus Americans fighting to maintain their own stranglehold on Gulf oil and their corrupt and repressive monarchist cronies.
* HeroBall[=/=]WhatAnIdiot: If GeorgeHWBush, or the United Nations, just went the whole way and just overthrown Saddam Hussein, it would had saved his son as well the Kurds, everyone else in Iraq and the whole world a lot of troubles.
** However, most argue that due to pre-existing ethnic tensions between Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds in the country, that the occupation would have been just as bloody as the occupation of the 2000s.
** Dick Cheney argued this himself on TV in 1994 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9YuD9kYK9I]], actually-a massive case of {{Irony}} compared with his [[TheWarOnTerror later stance]] as Vice President.
* NewRomanLegions: Italy took part in this war alongside the USA, Britain, France, and Canada
* {{Prequel}} / {{Foreshadowing}}: To the [[TheWarOnTerror The War in Iraq]]
* {{Qurac}}
* RedShirtArmy: Iraq and to a lesser extent, Kuwait.
* SaltTheEarth: The retreating Iraqi forces set Kuwait's oil wells ablaze, [[ForTheEvulz just because they could.]]
* {{Sequel}}: To the {{Iran-Iraq War}}
* StupidEvil: The Iraqi Army putting out its right flank in the open as if to say,"Oh please attack me your blessedness".
** The Iraqi Army was relying on a trackless, near-impossible to navigate stretch of desert to protect their right flank. A decade prior it might have worked, but thanks to a new piece of technology called GPS...
* TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks: The first big story to prove their worth.
* WhatTheHellHero: Poor intel and planning led to a bombing in Baghdad that killed three hundred civilians in a bunker.
** The refusal to help the Iraqi insurgents after the end of the War has been considered this as well.
* YanksWithTanks [[YanksWithTanks and Stealth Fighters]]

'''In fiction'''

!![[AC:ComicBooks]]
* Cherry (of all characters) in "Sgt. Cherry and her Squealing Commandos" in ''CherryComics''. (And, yes, it was a satire.)
* ComicBook/ThePunisher has recently had the Gulf War retconned into his past, replacing his longstanding status as a Vietnam Vet. The logic given by [[GregRucka the writer]] is that if he was a Vietnam Vet he would be approaching his seventies, while he wanted to portray Frank as a man in his early forties.

!![[AC:{{Film}}]]
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', it is mentioned that the relatively-youthful President Thomas Whitmore served as a fighter pilot during the Gulf War. [[{{ChekhovsSkill}} It comes in handy.]]
* ''ThreeKings''
* ''{{Jarhead}}''
* ''TheBigLebowski'' takes place during the Gulf War. The Dude says "this aggression will not stand, man," echoing George HW Bush's televised speech, while Saddam Hussein (played by Jerry Haleva, who repeatedly portrayed Hussein in movies) appears in The Dude's infamous dream sequence.
* The remake of ''TheManchurianCandidate''
* ''CourageUnderFire''
* ''Live from Baghdad''
* ''DrillbitTaylor'' the title character was a soldier who served in the gulf war but didn't see any real combat, and AWOL from the army.

!![[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Anthony Swofford's memoir, ''{{Jarhead}}''.
* Joel Turnipseed's memoir, ''Baghdad Express''
* ''Literature/OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'' is set during the Gulf War and makes comments about the similarities between video games and the news coverage of that war.

!![[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Several references to the conflict are made throughout the series. In the fourth season episode "Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington", rumors are spread on a cable news network (ZNN) that Sarin nerve gas was used by U.S. Navy SEALs during the invasion of Kuwait in 1991.
* Gunnery Sergeant Leroy Jethro Gibbs from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' served as a Marine in Desert Storm and was severely injured, spending nineteen days in a coma. The murder of his wife and daughter while he was in Kuwait did not help things.
* Dennis from ''Series/JustShootMe'' often claimed to have driven a tank during the war.
* Robert [=McAllister=] in ''BrothersAndSisters'' is a Gulf War veteran, injured in that conflict. He won a medal that he doesn't feel he fully deserved- he froze in combat.
* ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' referred to the exploits of the Globelink News team during the war; including Damien dunking cormorants in oil in order to provide visuals for a story on the ecological impact of the war.

!![[AC:ProfessionalWrestling]]
* Wrestling/SgtSlaughter [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] and became an "Iraqi Sympathiser" during the war, defeating [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]] for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Title]] at ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 1991'' and then dropping it to Wrestling/HulkHogan at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} VII'', after the war finished (although, in one of wrestling's most embarrassing incidents, the end of the war was not acknowledged on WWF TV until Hogan had the belt again).

!![[AC:VideoGames]]
* The ''Battlefield 1942'' mod ''Desert Combat''.
* One of the final chapters of ''EternalDarkness'' is set in the immediate aftermath of the Gulf War. Given [[WorldWarOne an earlier chapter's setting]], the game seems to like less depicted conflicts...
--> ''Wherever disaster and death lurk, there is likely to be an [[EldritchAbomination Ancient]] just beyond our senses, waiting. They prey on our misfortune and exploit it for their own twisted ends. When hundreds of oil fields are set ablaze on the heels of war, the Ancient's grip tightens, knowing that lives will be forfeit and resources squandered. Yet there are those who make a difference. People like Michael Edwards - a Canadian industrial firefighter hired to put an end to the insanity at the end of the war. Unfortunately for him, [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness the insanity was just beginning...]]''
* Popular Electronic Arts helicopter game ''VideoGame/DesertStrike''.
* SETA Corporation's ShootEmUp/[[SimulationGame Fighter Sim]] ''[[VideoGame/ASPAirStrikePatrol A.S.P. Air Strike Patrol]]'' (AKA ''DesertFighter''), despite the deliberate use of fake names. [[OutsideContextVillain Among other things.]] Notably averts the FollowTheLeader trend mentioned below; part of the game's main mechanics involve managing public opinion while not wasting supplies (fuel/aircraft/ammo) and quickly destroying enemy targets as much as possible. [[NintendoHard This is harder than it sounds.]]
* Tons and tons and ''[[FollowTheLeader tons]]'' of period arcade action games that all had "WarIsGlorious" as a unifying theme because the relative lack of casualties and the media's portrayal of Desert Storm as a total CurbStompBattle made it acceptable again to believe that war was cool. Primary offenders include ''TotalCarnage'', ''MERCS'', ''Desert Assault'', and many more.

!![[AC:RealLife]]
* Supposedly, PTSD caused from his time in Iraq, combined with a nasty divorce when he came home, is what caused the DC Beltway Sniper, John Allen Muhammad, to go on his killing spree. His stated intent was to round up orphans and train them into a militia and overthrow the government.

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->"''We have just started a war, it isn't a one day affair. It is not going to be over before the next commercial break.''"
-->--'''[[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/gulf/oral/powell/3.html Colin Powell]]''', then serving as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Note: This article is about the 1990-1991 war in the Persian Gulf and Kuwait, also known as Operation Desert Storm. If you are looking for what some refer to as "Gulf War II", then please see TheWarOnTerror. In fact, that is the third Gulf War and this is the second: The {{Iran-Iraq War}} of the 1980s was originally called the Persian Gulf War because of its impact on shipping.

The Gulf War lasted from August 1990 to March 1991.

Basically put, SaddamHussein launched an invasion of Kuwait to acquire control of its oil and was ejected by a United Nations coalition led by the United States.

A fuller history can be found in HistoryOfTheColdWar, as it was the final "ColdWar" conflict.

!!'''Tropes Involved with this War'''

* TheAlliance
* AmericaWinsTheWar: Justified; the US Military did almost all of the work, and 75 % of the Coalition forces were American.
* AussiesWithArtillery
* BatmanGambit: The Coalition massed naval assets in the Gulf, and pounded Iraqi defenses along the coast, implying an impending [[SemperFi massed amphibious assault]]. Once the Iraqis had committed to defending against that, in came the infamous "[[CurbStompBattle Left Hook]]" land invasion via Saudi Arabia.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Western and the Arabic allies.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: It was this to some extent in the US. A quick, short victorious war won in a landslide by the American democracy, utterly defeating the Iraqi dictatorship and liberating Kuwait. It gets considerably less "white" on the American side when one considers that Kuwait wasn't all that free under its own government, and that we left the Iraqi dictator in power, at least for another decade or so.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: This was the final time battleships fired their guns in anger. The USS ''Wisconsin'' and USS ''Missouri'' fired Tomahawk cruise missiles as well as 16" and 5" artillery at Iraqi positions in the Shatt al-Arab delta, totaling over [[MoreDakka 500 tons of ordinance fired, by each ship.]] Also an example of SchizoTech, because the battleships launched remotely-piloted aircraft (the first in the US Navy to do so) to scout targets and assess damage. The incoming fire was [[StuffBlowingUp so devastating]] that some Iraqi positions actually [[CrowningMomentOfFunny surrendered to the UAV]], rather than get blown to smithereens from a ship they couldn't even see.
* BritsWithBattleships: They were present - the British naval ship ''Glouscester'' scored the first ever missile-on-missile kill, destroying an Iraqi Silkworm missile aimed at the USS ''Missouri'' with a Sea Dart.
* CanucksWithChinooks: Yes, they were there too.
* CurbStompBattle: Desert Storm, the actual air and ground assault to liberate Kuwait and destroy Iraqi infrastructure lasted roughly 2 months. The ratio of Iraqis killed to coalition members killed were 300 to 1. [[WakeUpCallBoss Unfortunately, the Iraqi army and independents would learn from their mistakes a decade later.]]
* DeathFromAbove: Extensive use of airpower, centralized command and control of the numerous different air forces employed, and state of the art technology (stealth fighters, cruise missiles, and smart bombs) went far to contribute to the above mentioned CurbStompBattle.
* FriendOrFoe: According to official U.S. Department of Defense records, 367 Americans were killed in the war, 165 of them due to friendly fire. Of the total casualties taken by the whole alliance, only 48 percent were caused by the enemy according to a UsefulNotes/UnitedNations estimate.
* GaulsWithGrenades: The French would be glad to know that they're no longer CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys, considering they took part in the war. Not to mention the fact that the bulk of the Iraqi forces choose to surrender than fight at all, which would make them worthy of the title instead.
* GreyAndBlackMorality: From the point of view of most Muslims at least: Genocidal, imperiaist dictator seeking more oil revenue to exploit versus Americans fighting to maintain their own stranglehold on Gulf oil and their corrupt and repressive monarchist cronies.
* HeroBall[=/=]WhatAnIdiot: If GeorgeHWBush, or the United Nations, just went the whole way and just overthrown Saddam Hussein, it would had saved his son as well the Kurds, everyone else in Iraq and the whole world a lot of troubles.
** However, most argue that due to pre-existing ethnic tensions between Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds in the country, that the occupation would have been just as bloody as the occupation of the 2000s.
** Dick Cheney argued this himself on TV in 1994 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9YuD9kYK9I]], actually-a massive case of {{Irony}} compared with his [[TheWarOnTerror later stance]] as Vice President.
* NewRomanLegions: Italy took part in this war alongside the USA, Britain, France, and Canada
* {{Prequel}} / {{Foreshadowing}}: To the [[TheWarOnTerror The War in Iraq]]
* {{Qurac}}
* RedShirtArmy: Iraq and to a lesser extent, Kuwait.
* SaltTheEarth: The retreating Iraqi forces set Kuwait's oil wells ablaze, [[ForTheEvulz just because they could.]]
* {{Sequel}}: To the {{Iran-Iraq War}}
* StupidEvil: The Iraqi Army putting out its right flank in the open as if to say,"Oh please attack me your blessedness".
** The Iraqi Army was relying on a trackless, near-impossible to navigate stretch of desert to protect their right flank. A decade prior it might have worked, but thanks to a new piece of technology called GPS...
* TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks: The first big story to prove their worth.
* WhatTheHellHero: Poor intel and planning led to a bombing in Baghdad that killed three hundred civilians in a bunker.
** The refusal to help the Iraqi insurgents after the end of the War has been considered this as well.
* YanksWithTanks [[YanksWithTanks and Stealth Fighters]]

'''In fiction'''

!![[AC:ComicBooks]]
* Cherry (of all characters) in "Sgt. Cherry and her Squealing Commandos" in ''CherryComics''. (And, yes, it was a satire.)
* ComicBook/ThePunisher has recently had the Gulf War retconned into his past, replacing his longstanding status as a Vietnam Vet. The logic given by [[GregRucka the writer]] is that if he was a Vietnam Vet he would be approaching his seventies, while he wanted to portray Frank as a man in his early forties.

!![[AC:{{Film}}]]
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', it is mentioned that the relatively-youthful President Thomas Whitmore served as a fighter pilot during the Gulf War. [[{{ChekhovsSkill}} It comes in handy.]]
* ''ThreeKings''
* ''{{Jarhead}}''
* ''TheBigLebowski'' takes place during the Gulf War. The Dude says "this aggression will not stand, man," echoing George HW Bush's televised speech, while Saddam Hussein (played by Jerry Haleva, who repeatedly portrayed Hussein in movies) appears in The Dude's infamous dream sequence.
* The remake of ''TheManchurianCandidate''
* ''CourageUnderFire''
* ''Live from Baghdad''
* ''DrillbitTaylor'' the title character was a soldier who served in the gulf war but didn't see any real combat, and AWOL from the army.

!![[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Anthony Swofford's memoir, ''{{Jarhead}}''.
* Joel Turnipseed's memoir, ''Baghdad Express''
* ''Literature/OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'' is set during the Gulf War and makes comments about the similarities between video games and the news coverage of that war.

!![[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Several references to the conflict are made throughout the series. In the fourth season episode "Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington", rumors are spread on a cable news network (ZNN) that Sarin nerve gas was used by U.S. Navy SEALs during the invasion of Kuwait in 1991.
* Gunnery Sergeant Leroy Jethro Gibbs from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' served as a Marine in Desert Storm and was severely injured, spending nineteen days in a coma. The murder of his wife and daughter while he was in Kuwait did not help things.
* Dennis from ''Series/JustShootMe'' often claimed to have driven a tank during the war.
* Robert [=McAllister=] in ''BrothersAndSisters'' is a Gulf War veteran, injured in that conflict. He won a medal that he doesn't feel he fully deserved- he froze in combat.
* ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' referred to the exploits of the Globelink News team during the war; including Damien dunking cormorants in oil in order to provide visuals for a story on the ecological impact of the war.

!![[AC:ProfessionalWrestling]]
* Wrestling/SgtSlaughter [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] and became an "Iraqi Sympathiser" during the war, defeating [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]] for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Title]] at ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 1991'' and then dropping it to Wrestling/HulkHogan at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} VII'', after the war finished (although, in one of wrestling's most embarrassing incidents, the end of the war was not acknowledged on WWF TV until Hogan had the belt again).

!![[AC:VideoGames]]
* The ''Battlefield 1942'' mod ''Desert Combat''.
* One of the final chapters of ''EternalDarkness'' is set in the immediate aftermath of the Gulf War. Given [[WorldWarOne an earlier chapter's setting]], the game seems to like less depicted conflicts...
--> ''Wherever disaster and death lurk, there is likely to be an [[EldritchAbomination Ancient]] just beyond our senses, waiting. They prey on our misfortune and exploit it for their own twisted ends. When hundreds of oil fields are set ablaze on the heels of war, the Ancient's grip tightens, knowing that lives will be forfeit and resources squandered. Yet there are those who make a difference. People like Michael Edwards - a Canadian industrial firefighter hired to put an end to the insanity at the end of the war. Unfortunately for him, [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness the insanity was just beginning...]]''
* Popular Electronic Arts helicopter game ''VideoGame/DesertStrike''.
* SETA Corporation's ShootEmUp/[[SimulationGame Fighter Sim]] ''[[VideoGame/ASPAirStrikePatrol A.S.P. Air Strike Patrol]]'' (AKA ''DesertFighter''), despite the deliberate use of fake names. [[OutsideContextVillain Among other things.]] Notably averts the FollowTheLeader trend mentioned below; part of the game's main mechanics involve managing public opinion while not wasting supplies (fuel/aircraft/ammo) and quickly destroying enemy targets as much as possible. [[NintendoHard This is harder than it sounds.]]
* Tons and tons and ''[[FollowTheLeader tons]]'' of period arcade action games that all had "WarIsGlorious" as a unifying theme because the relative lack of casualties and the media's portrayal of Desert Storm as a total CurbStompBattle made it acceptable again to believe that war was cool. Primary offenders include ''TotalCarnage'', ''MERCS'', ''Desert Assault'', and many more.

!![[AC:RealLife]]
* Supposedly, PTSD caused from his time in Iraq, combined with a nasty divorce when he came home, is what caused the DC Beltway Sniper, John Allen Muhammad, to go on his killing spree. His stated intent was to round up orphans and train them into a militia and overthrow the government.

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29th Apr '13 5:37:57 AM Achaemenid
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* BritsWithBattleships

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* BritsWithBattleshipsBritsWithBattleships: They were present - the British naval ship ''Glouscester'' scored the first ever missile-on-missile kill, destroying an Iraqi Silkworm missile aimed at the USS ''Missouri'' with a Sea Dart.
29th Mar '13 4:10:40 PM LongLiveHumour
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* FriendOrFoe: According to official U.S. Department of Defense records, 367 Americans were killed in the war, 165 of them due to friendly fire. Of the total casualties taken by the whole alliance, only 48 percent were caused by the enemy according to a UnitedNations estimate.

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* FriendOrFoe: According to official U.S. Department of Defense records, 367 Americans were killed in the war, 165 of them due to friendly fire. Of the total casualties taken by the whole alliance, only 48 percent were caused by the enemy according to a UnitedNations UsefulNotes/UnitedNations estimate.
25th Mar '13 2:14:16 AM Xtifr
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* ''OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'' is set during the Gulf War and makes comments about the similarities between video games and the news coverage of that war.

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* ''OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'' ''Literature/OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'' is set during the Gulf War and makes comments about the similarities between video games and the news coverage of that war.
27th Feb '13 11:45:00 AM JIKTV
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* Sgt. Slaughter turned heel and became an "Iraqi Sympathiser" during the war, winning the WWF Title and then dropping it to Wrestling/HulkHogan after the war finished (although, in one of wrestling's most embarrassing incidents, the end of the war was not acknowledged on WWF TV until Hogan had the belt again).

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* Sgt. Slaughter Wrestling/SgtSlaughter [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel heel]] and became an "Iraqi Sympathiser" during the war, winning defeating [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]] for the WWF Title [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Title]] at ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 1991'' and then dropping it to Wrestling/HulkHogan at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} VII'', after the war finished (although, in one of wrestling's most embarrassing incidents, the end of the war was not acknowledged on WWF TV until Hogan had the belt again).
31st Jan '13 10:25:12 AM Kalmbach
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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: This was the final time battleships fired their guns in anger. The USS ''Wisconsin'' and USS ''Missouri'' fired Tomahawk cruise missiles as well as 16" and 5" artillery at Iraqi positions in the Shat al-Arab delta, totaling over [[MoreDakka 500 tons of ordinance fired, by each ship.]] Also an example of SchizoTech, because the battleships launched remotely-piloted aircraft (the first in the US Navy to do so) to scout targets and assess damage. The incoming fire was [[StuffBlowingUp so devastating]] that some Iraqi positions actually [[CrowningMomentOfFunny surrendered to the UAV]], rather than get blown to smithereens from a ship they couldn't even see.

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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: This was the final time battleships fired their guns in anger. The USS ''Wisconsin'' and USS ''Missouri'' fired Tomahawk cruise missiles as well as 16" and 5" artillery at Iraqi positions in the Shat Shatt al-Arab delta, totaling over [[MoreDakka 500 tons of ordinance fired, by each ship.]] Also an example of SchizoTech, because the battleships launched remotely-piloted aircraft (the first in the US Navy to do so) to scout targets and assess damage. The incoming fire was [[StuffBlowingUp so devastating]] that some Iraqi positions actually [[CrowningMomentOfFunny surrendered to the UAV]], rather than get blown to smithereens from a ship they couldn't even see.
31st Jan '13 10:22:32 AM Kalmbach
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: It was this to some extent in the US. A quick, short victorious war won in a landslide by the American democracy, utterly defeating the Iraqi dictatorship and liberating Kuwait. It gets considerably less "white" on the American side when one considers that Kuwait wasn't all that free under its own government, and that we left the Iraqi dictator in power, at least for another decade or so.

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: It was this to some extent in the US. A quick, short victorious war won in a landslide by the American democracy, utterly defeating the Iraqi dictatorship and liberating Kuwait. It gets considerably less "white" on the American side when one considers that Kuwait wasn't all that free under its own government, and that we left the Iraqi dictator in power, at least for another decade or so. so.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: This was the final time battleships fired their guns in anger. The USS ''Wisconsin'' and USS ''Missouri'' fired Tomahawk cruise missiles as well as 16" and 5" artillery at Iraqi positions in the Shat al-Arab delta, totaling over [[MoreDakka 500 tons of ordinance fired, by each ship.]] Also an example of SchizoTech, because the battleships launched remotely-piloted aircraft (the first in the US Navy to do so) to scout targets and assess damage. The incoming fire was [[StuffBlowingUp so devastating]] that some Iraqi positions actually [[CrowningMomentOfFunny surrendered to the UAV]], rather than get blown to smithereens from a ship they couldn't even see.
27th Jan '13 7:04:23 AM vn70072
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* StupidEvil: The Iraqi Army putting out it's right flank in the open as if to say,"Oh please attack me your blessedness".

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* StupidEvil: The Iraqi Army putting out it's its right flank in the open as if to say,"Oh please attack me your blessedness".blessedness".
** The Iraqi Army was relying on a trackless, near-impossible to navigate stretch of desert to protect their right flank. A decade prior it might have worked, but thanks to a new piece of technology called GPS...
2nd Jan '13 10:31:09 AM nightkiller
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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Several references to the conflict are made throughout the series. In the fourth season episode "Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington", rumors are spread on a cable news network (ZNN) that Sarin nerve gas was used by U.S. Marines during the invasion of Kuwait in 1991.

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* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Several references to the conflict are made throughout the series. In the fourth season episode "Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington", rumors are spread on a cable news network (ZNN) that Sarin nerve gas was used by U.S. Marines Navy SEALs during the invasion of Kuwait in 1991.
2nd Jan '13 10:05:26 AM PaulieRomanov
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* NewRomanLegions: Italy took part in this war alongside the USA, Britain, France, and Canada
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