THE VIETNAM SYNDROME: Desert Storm changed Americans and their military
Canada Free Press ^ | 08/25/15 | Lt. Col. (P) Bill Connor
Posted on 8/25/2015, 9:38:26 AM by Sean_Anthony
Never again should we neglect, marginalize our military. Never again should we forget what it takes to build our defense. Vietnam Syndrome was kicked a quarter century ago in the deserts of the Middle East. Let’s vow to never let it come back
“By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all.” — President George H.W. Bush after victory in Desert Storm
On Aug. 2, 1990, Operation “Desert Shield” was declared after Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded neighboring Kuwait and stood poised to invade Saudi Arabia. Desert Shield started as the defense of Saudi Arabia and lasted until mid-January 1991 when the air campaign of Desert Storm began.
By Feb. 28, 1991, at the end of a 100-hour ground campaign, Iraqi forces were effectively defeated. Interestingly, a quarter century prior to Desert Shield, in 1965, the first major conventional operations of the Vietnam War began when a battalion of the newly created air-mobile 7th Cavalry Regiment under Lt. Col. Hal Moore fought a division of the North Vietnamese Army in the Ia Drang Valley.