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Unit 7 Cold War to the Present
  • Vietnam to Iraq

  • Vietnam is part of a former French colony that in
    1954 was divided into North and South Vietnam.
    North Vietnam was run by a communist government
    headed by Ho Chi Minh. South Vietnam was run by
    a noncommunist government headed by Ngo Dinh

  • The government of South Vietnam was corrupt and
    often repressive. However, the U.S. supported
    the government because it was anti-Communist, in
    fear that if South Vietnam fell to the
    communists, all of Southeast Asia might follow.

  • Throughout the early 1960s, communist-backed
    gorilla forces known as Vietcong fought against
    the South Vietnamese government. The U.S. sent
    aid and support to the government.
  • By the summer of 1964, the U.S. had begun
    limited bombing of positions held by the Vietcong
    and supported limited commando raids on North
    Vietnams coast.

  • In August, 1964, President Johnson reported that
    the North Vietnamese had attacked two American
    ships in the Gulf of Tonkin. At the Presidents
    request, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin
    Resolution, which allowed the President to carry
    out a war against the Vietcong and North Vietnam.

  • Johnson quickly began bombing military bases in
    North Vietnam. In February 1965, after the
    Vietcong attacked an American airbase in South
    Vietnam, Johnson ordered an escalation, or
    military expansion, of the war. In April 1965 he
    began sending U.S. troops to fight against the

  • American troops encountered difficulties in
    fighting the communist rebels. Vietcong
    guerrillas used hit-and-run tactics and booby
    traps. They launched small-scale attacks and
    then disappeared into the jungles or friendly
    villages. To counter such tactics, American
    troops adopted a search-and-destroy strategy.
    The troops destroyed jungles and villages in an
    attempt to force the Vietcong out into open

  • The U.S. continued pouring troops into Vietnam.
    During the height of the conflict, more than
    500,000 American soldiers were serving in the
    country. Despite the growing influx of U.S.
    troops and massive bombing of his country, Ho Chi
    Minh vowed to keep fighting, believing that his
    forces would outlast the U.S. in a war.

  • Once the U.S. had escalated the fighting, there
    seemed to be no way of leaving without damaging
    its international prestige. Between 1965 and
    1967, American officials estimated that some
    2,000 attempts were made to open direct
    negotiations, all unsuccessful.

  • By the end of 1967, U.S. military leaders assured
    the country that the end of the war was in sight.

  • January 30, 1968, marked a turning point of the
    war. That day, the Vietcong launched surprise
    attacks on numerous towns and bases in South
    Vietnam. Occurring on Tet, the Vietnamese lunar
    New Year, these attacks became known as the Tet
    Offensive. These attacks were quickly repelled.
    However, the American people were shocked that an
    enemy was supposedly near defeat could launch
    such a large-scale attack. After Tet, many
    citizens began to believe that the U.S. could not
    win the war.

  • In March, 1968, President Johnson announced that
    he would halt nearly all bombing of North Vietnam
    and try to begin negotiations. These peace
    negotiations proved fruitless, however, and the
    fighting continued.

  • Gradually, as the U.S. moved deeper into the
    Vietnam War, opposition grew. Americans divided
    into two groups. Those who supported the war
    were called hawks those who opposed the war
    were called doves.

  • A - Many of those who opposed the war were
    students. The antiwar movement centered on
    college campuses.
  • B - Many students protested the draft calling the
    system unfair because it offered a deferment to
    college students, which meant that a person who
    could not afford a higher education was more
    likely to be drafted. Many people protested the
    fact that Black Americans made up a
    disproportionately large number of American
    soldiers fighting overseas.

  • C - Some protests turned violent. During a 1970
    protest at Kent StateUniversity in Ohio, four
    students were killed when the Ohio National Guard
    fired on demonstrators. Two more students were
    killed by state police at Jackson State
    University in Mississippi.

  • During this tumultuous period in the U.S., some
    young people rebelled against established values
    and searched for a new set of beliefs. These
    people made up what was known as the
    counterculture because their values and practices
    conflicted with those of established society.

  • On the other side, a large number of conservative
    Americans were angered by riots, protests, and a
    war that seemed to be going nowhere. The deep
    anger these Americans felt against the protesters
    soon developed into a backlash against the
    antiwar movement.

  • By 1968, American society had reached a turning
    point. As a result of the Tet Offensive and the
    continuing protests, polls showed that the
    majority of Americans had turned against the
    Presidents handling of the war.

  • A - The Democratic party also became split.
    Senators Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy, both
    of whom opposed the war, announced they would
    challenge Johnson for the presidential
    nomination. In March 1968, Johnson stunned the
    nation by announcing that he would not run for
    reelection. Hubert Humphrey, Johnsons
    Vice-President, became the administration
    candidate. As the election progressed, however,
    it appeared that Kennedy would gain the
    Democratic nomination. Then, Kennedy was
    assassinated in June 1968. In August, the

  • B - Meanwhile, the Republicans chose Richard
    Nixon as their candidate. During the campaign,
    Nixon promised to bring order to the nation and
    end the war in Vietnam. Nixon won a close
    victory and thus became President.

  • To help him handle foreign policy matters, Nixon
    appointed Henry Kissinger, a brilliant political
    scientist, as his national security adviser and
    later his secretary of state. Wanting to be
    remembered as a peacemaker, Nixon proclaimed a
    policy of détente, or relaxation of tensions
    between the United States and the communist

  • He also visited Moscow and began arms limitation
    talks with the Soviets that led to agreements by
    both sides to ban biological warfare and limit
    the growth of nuclear weapons. Nixon also worked
    to improve relations with China, lifting trade
    and travel restrictions, and in February 1972, he
    visited the country.

  • Despite a campaign promise to end the war in
    Vietnam, Nixon moved slowly. He did not want to
    withdraw U.S. troops without a peace agreement
    and thus become the nations first President to
    lose a war. In June 1971, the New York Times
    published a secret defense department study known
    as the Pentagon Papers, which indicated that the
    nations various administrations had misled
    Congress and the public about the war in Vietnam.
    The documents angered many Americans and
    increased protests against the war.

  • To quiet opposition to the war, Nixon announced a
    policy of Vietnamization. The policy consisted
    of withdrawing U.S. troops and replacing them
    with South Vietnamese soldiers. Nixon hoped that
    Vietnamization, combined with saturation bombing
    of North Vietnam, would allow the U.S. to
    withdraw from the war with honor.

  • In January 1973, the warring sides signed a
    cease-fire agreement ending the military presence
    of the United States in Vietnam. The war,
    however, continued. In 1975, Congress refused
    President Fords request for funds to aid South
    Vietnam in its continuing war. In January 1975,
    North Vietnam launched a major offensive against
    the South. In a few months, the communists
    conquered South Vietnam and united the country
    under communist rule.

Vietnam Myths Facts
  • Myth The U.S. soldiers were very young and
    poorly educated.
  • Fact The average age was 23, and 79 of our
    troops were high school graduates.

Vietnam Myths Facts
  • - Myth The soldiers were mostly poor and from
  • Fact While 30 of the 58,000 killed came from
    the lowest third in income, 26 came from the
    highest third 12.5 were black.

Vietnam Myths Facts
  • - Myth Many were jailed for draft-evasion
    during the Vietnam war.
  • Fact Though 500,000 did dodge the draft, only
    9000 were convicted.

Latin America
Latin America
  • Shortly after taking office, Kennedy implemented
    a program of aid to Latin America called the
    Alliance of Progress. Its purpose was to develop
    long-term economic growth among Latin American
    nations in order to prevent communist

Middle East
The Middle East
  • When war broke out between Israel and its Arab
    neighbors, the U.S. supported Israel. The Soviet
    Union backed and armed the Arab states. Israel
    quickly won the Arab-Israeli War of 1967.

The Middle East
  • In 1973, during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur,
    Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a surprise
    attack against Israel in an attempt to regain
    land lost to Israel during a previous conflict.
    The U.S. supported Israel, while the Soviet Union
    aided the Arab states. The two superpowers,
    however, also worked to end the conflict. The
    combatants eventually agreed to a cease-fire

The Middle East
  • After the war, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
    worked with Israel and Egypt to reduce tensions
    in the Middle East. He engaged in shuttle
    diplomacy-flying back and forth between the
    capitals of the two nations in an attempt to
    produce a lasting peace. Kissingers efforts
    resulted in improved relations between Egypt and

The Middle East
  • On the world stage, President Jimmy Carter
    attempted to promote a foreign policy based on
    morality and truth rather than military or
    economic considerations. (When the Soviet Union
    invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Carter imposed a
    grain embargo on the Soviets and kept the United
    States out of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.)

The Middle East
  • Carters greatest foreign policy triumph and his
    greatest failure involved the Middle East.
  • Carter helped to broker peace between long-time
    enemies Egypt and Israel. The two sides signed a
    peace agreement known as the Camp David Accords
    in 1979

The Middle East
  • The Iranian hostage crisis-Also in 1979, an
    Islamic revolution toppled the monarchy in Iran.
    A group of rebels, angry over U.S. ties with the
    former rulers, seized the American embassy in
    November 1979 and took hostage more than 50
    Americans. Throughout 1980, Carter worked to win
    the hostages release. Negotiations failed,
    however, as did a military rescue in which eight
    Americans died in a helicopter crash.

The Middle East
  • Election of 1980-pitted Democrat Jimmy Carter
    against Republican and former actor and governor
    Ronald Reagan of California. Reagan hammered at
    Carters lack of leadership and of his failure to
    obtain release of the hostages sealed his defeat.
    On Election Day, Reagan won handily. On January
    20, 1981, just after Reagan was sworn in, Iran
    released the American hostages after 444 days in

The Middle East
  • Reagan adopted a hands-off attitude toward the
    day-to-day operations of the presidency, giving
    more responsibility to his staff. This practice
    aided what would become known as the Iran-Contra
    affair, a damaging scandal. In 1986, several of
    Reagans national security advisors arranged to
    sell weapons to Iranians in exchange for American
    hostages, then secretly used the profits to
    support anti-Communist rebels in Nicaragua in
    violation of a congressional ban on such

The Middle East
  • Although investigators cleared Reagan of
    responsibility for the scheme, they faulted him
    for allowing aides to make policy decisions
    without his knowledge.

Improved Relations with the Soviet Union
Improved Relations with the Soviet Union
  • In 1983, President Reagan announced his Strategic
    Defense Initiative (SDI), nicknamed Star Wars.
    The project involved creating a shield of new
    weapons designed to intercept and destroy nuclear
    missiles. In addition to Star Wars, Reagan
    promoted a giant military buildup costing about
    1 trillion. This increased the debt and left
    less money for housing, education, and
    environmental programs. Congress responded in
    1985 by passing the Gramm-Rudman Act, which put
    pressure on Congress and the President to reduce
    the deficit and balance the budget.

Improved Relations with the Soviet Union
  • Reagans desire for a strong defense was based on
    his belief that the Soviet Union was still a
    threat to the United States. U.S.-Soviet
    relations improved, however, when Mikhail
    Gorbachev became the new Soviet premier.
    Gorbachev opened up Soviet society (glasnost) and
    instituted democratic reforms (perestroika).

Improved Relations with the Soviet Union
  • In 1986, Gorbachev and Reagan met to discuss
    reducing their nuclear arsenals. They eventually
    signed a treaty calling for the removal of all
    intermediate-range nuclear weapons from Europe.
    The cold war was slowly coming to an end.

Improved Relations with the Soviet Union
  • After winning the election of 1988, President
    George H.W. Bush was confronted with a tidal wave
    of change around the world. Gorbachevs new
    reform policies in the Soviet Union created even
    greater demands for freedom and independence in
    Eastern Europe. In 1989, several Eastern
    European nations overthrew their communist rulers
    and forced democratic elections.

Improved Relations with the Soviet Union
  • Demands for democracy then erupted in the Soviet
    Union itself. A failed coup left the power to
    govern in the hands of Boris Yeltsin, president
    of the Russian Republic, and Gorbachev resigned
    as Soviet president. By December 1991, the
    Soviet Union ceased to exist. In its place was a
    loose federation of self-governing nations made
    up of former Soviet republics, including Russia,
    known as the Commonwealth of Independent States

Improved Relations with the Soviet Union
  • All the former Soviet and communist block states
    forced serious economic troubles as they
    attempted to convert state-run economies to
    capitalist systems. Shortages of essential goods
    such as food, fuel, medicine, and housing created
    severe hardships for large numbers of people.
    Ethnic rivalries flared in the newly independent
    nations, complicating their transition to

Improved Relations with the Soviet Union
  • On January 1, 2000, Vladimir Putin was
    inaugurated as the new president of Russia,
    succeeding Boris Yeltsin. While Russia is now an
    ally of the United States, there are still areas
    of major disagreement. In December of 2001, U.S.
    President George W. Bush announced that the
    United States will withdraw from the 1972
    Antiballistic Missile Treaty mid-2002 in order to
    build up defensive weapons. Russia disagrees
    that this is the right thing to do.

The Persian Gulf War
The Persian Gulf War
  • In August 1990, Iraqi President Saddam Husseins
    troops seized control of Kuwait, Iraqs oil-rich
    neighbor. Following the invasion, Iraq
    controlled 20 percent of the worlds oil
    reserves. President Bush, with cooperation from
    more than 25 other nations, assembled a U.S.-led
    military coalition that drove Iraqi forces out of
    Kuwait. Saddam Hussein, however, remained a
    threat to the regions peace and stability.

The Persian Gulf War
  • Observers feared that Iraq was working to develop
    chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. The
    Persian Gulf War caused Americans to rethink the
    military role of the nation. Some leaders called
    for scaling down U.S. military forces, arguing
    that the real source of power in the new world
    order would be economic.

The Persian Gulf War
  • Other experts warned that the U.S. must maintain
    a strong military to guard against several
    remaining hostile and potentially dangerous
    nations. Recently, it is feared that Iraq is
    involved in sponsoring terrorism around the
    world, thus, some speculate that there will be
    more conflict between Iraq and the United States,
    among other nations of the west.

Other ethnic conflicts
  • Despite the decline of communism, wars arising
    from ethnic hatreds, political boundaries, and
    religion plagued nearly every world region
    throughout the 1990s.

Other Ethnic Conflicts
Other ethnic conflicts
  • The first crisis to confront the administration
    of President Bill Clinton was civil war in the
    East African nation of Somalia. When Clinton
    took office, thousands of U.S. troops already
    were in Somalia protecting deliveries of food to
    those left starving by the war. As the U.S.
    troops became more involved in the conflict,
    President Clinton pulled them out in 1995 rather
    than risk American casualties.

Other ethnic conflicts
  • The U.S. and its allies also confronted violence
    in Europes Balkan region. In 1991, the
    multinational state of Yugoslavia disintegrated
    as several of the countrys ethnic groups broke
    away and claimed independence. Ethnic hatreds
    and renewed feelings of nationalism after decades
    of totalitarian rule fueled the wars in the
    Balkan region.

Other ethnic conflicts
  • Serbia, the regions largest republic, fought
    against Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian, and
    Macedonian Independence, and the region descended
    into years of war. As reports of Serb atrocities
    against various ethnic groups mounted, Western
    nations took action.
  • The U.S. and its NATO allies bombed Serb military
    sites in the first NATO military offensive ever.
    In 1995, the warring sides agreed to a cease-fire
    and signed an agreement known as the Dayton peace

Other ethnic conflicts
  • In 1999, violence flared up again in the Balkans,
    as Kosovo, a province of Serbia, sought its
    independence. To put down the rebellion, Serbs
    marched into Kosovo, where again reports surfaced
    of atrocities against ethnic Albanians. Serb
    forces rounded up and executed more than 8,000
    Muslim men and boys. After diplomatic relations
    failed, NATO launched air strikes against Serbia,
    which eventually agreed to remove its forces and
    permit NATO troops to restore order in Kosovo.

Other ethnic conflicts
  • Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic was forced
    from power in 2000 and was deemed a war criminal
    by Western leaders and the international war
    crimes tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands.
    Prosecutors say Milosevic held ultimate
    responsibility for at least 900 ethnic Albanians
    and the eviction of 800,000 civilians from their

Other ethnic conflicts
  • The United States played the role of peacemaker
    in Northern Ireland. For many years, sectarian
    violence between the Protestant majority and
    Roman Catholic minority had torn Northern Ireland
    apart. Roman Catholics wanted to reunite with
    the predominantly Catholic Irish Republic.
    Protestants insisted that Northern Ireland remain
    part of Great Britain. In 1997, the U.S.
    persuaded both sides to disarm and accept a
    cease-fire. A year later, Catholics and
    Protestants agreed to a peace plan.

Other ethnic conflicts
  • The U.S. also worked to end years of fighting
    between Israelis and Palestinians, an Arab people
    living under Israeli rule. Under a peace
    agreement reached in 1995, Israel agreed to
    significant Palestinian self-rule and the removal
    of Israeli forces from other Palestinian areas.
    Implementation of the plan, however, went slowly.

Other ethnic conflicts
  • In 1998, with Clintons help, both sides signed
    the Wye River Memorandum, which detailed the
    steps needed to implement the peace agreement.
    Unfortunately, a new round of conflict developed
    in 2000 and the two sides have never been more

Conflict with China
Conflict with China
  • In April of 2001, China held 24 Americans for a
    short period of time after a mid-air collision
    between a U.S. Air Force jet and a Chinese jet.
    The Chinese jet crashed killing the pilot and the
    Americans made an emergency landing on Chinese
    soil. Although the Chinese blamed the U.S. for
    the collision, the U.S. government has strongly
    rejected responsibility for the incident.

Conflict with China
  • President George W. Bush has been given credit
    for decisive leadership in the quick release of
    the Americans. Bush also pledged military aid
    for Taiwan in the event of aggressive force from
    China. Many suggest the Cold War continues
    between the U.S. and China.

  • As 2000 began the United Nations was directing
    peacekeeping operations in 17 countries from
    Africa to the Middle East to Asia, at an
    estimated cost of around 900 million. Why is
    the United States, more than other countries,
    playing the role of peacemaker around the world?
    The U.S. is widely seen as the only remaining
    superpower, and as such, has the respect and
    authority needed to negotiate peace agreements.

Americas War on Terror
Americas New War on Terror 9-11-2001
  • On the beautiful morning of September 11, 2001, 4
    planes left 3 major airports to begin what would
    be the deadliest single day in modern American
    history. At 759 a.m., American Airlines Flight
    11 with 92 people left Bostons Logan Airport for
    Los Angeles at 801 a.m., United Flight 93 with
    45 people left Newark Airport for San Francisco
    at 810 a.m., American Flight 77 with 64 people
    left Washingtons Dulles Airport for Los Angeles
    and, at 814 a.m., United Flight 175 with 65
    people left Boston for L.A.

  • The next day, Attorney General John Ashcroft
    would say the planes were hijacked by between
    three and six individuals per plane, using knives
    and box cutters, and in some cases making bomb
    threats. He also says a number of suspected
    hijackers were trained as pilots in the United

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 848 a.m.-Hijacked American Airlines Flight 11
    crashed into the north tower of the World Trade
  • 906 a.m.-Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175
    crashed into the south tower of the World Trade
    Center. Soon, the Federal Aviation
    Administration would shut down all New York
    City-area airports. The Port Authority of New
    York and New Jersey ordered all bridges and
    tunnels into Manhattan closed. The American
    Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq, and the New York
    Stock Exchange will close.

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 931 a.m.-President George W. Bush, speaking to
    elementary school children in Sarasota, Florida,
    is informed of the tragedy and says the country
    has suffered an apparent terrorist attack.

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 943 a.m.-Hijacked American Airlines Flight 77
    crashed into the Pentagon the U.S. Capitol and
    White Houses West Wing were evacuated.
    Eventually, all federal office buildings in
    Washington, D.C. would be evacuated. The FAA
    halts all flight operations at U.S. airports, the
    first time in U.S. history that national air
    traffic has been halted. All inbound
    transatlantic aircraft flying into the U.S. are
    being diverted to Canada.

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 955 a.m.-The south tower of the World Trade
    Center collapses. Soon after, President Bush
    departs from Florida.
  • 1010 a.m.-A portion of the Pentagon collapses.
    At the same time, Hijacked United Airlines Flight
    93 crashes in a field in Somerset County,
    Pennsylvania, brought down by passengers who
    attempted to thwart the plans of the hijackers.
    Later, officials say this plane could have been
    headed for three possible targets Camp David,
    the White House, or the U.S. Capitol Building.

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 1029 a.m.-The north tower of the World Trade
    Center collapses.
  • 1057 a.m.-New York governor, George Pataki,
    announces that all state government offices are
  • 1102 a.m.-New York City mayor, Rudolph Rudy
    Giuliani, urges New Yorkers to stay at home and
    orders an evacuation of the area south of Canal
    Street. Later in the day, Guiliani will urge New
    Yorkers to stay home Wednesday.

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 1215 p.m.-The Immigration and Naturalization
    Service says U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico
    are on the highest state of alert.

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 104 p.m.-From Barksdale Air Force Base in
    Louisiana, President Bush announces U.S. military
    is on high alert worldwide, saying that all
    appropriate security measures are being taken.
    He asks for prayers for those killed or wounded
    in the attacks and says, Make no mistake, the
    United States will hunt down and punish those
    responsible for these cowardly acts. The
    president later leaves for the U.S. Strategic
    Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. In
    ½ hours, he will leave to return to Washington,
    D.C. Air Force One is traveling with a
    three-fighter jet escort.

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 249 a.m.-At a news conference, Mayor Giuliani
    says that subway and bus service are partially
    restored in NYC. Asked about the number of
    people killed, the mayor says, I dont want to
    speculate about thatmore than any of us can
    bear. For his handling of this crisis, Guiliani
    will be awarded Person of the Year by Time

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 410 p.m.-Building 7 of the WTC complex is
    reported on fire.
  • 525 p.m.-The 47-story Building 7 of the WTC
    complex collapses.
  • 654 p.m.-President Bush arrives back at the
    White House.

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 745 p.m.-The New York Police Department says
    that at least 78 officers are missing. The city
    also says that as many as half of the first 400
    firefighters on the scene were killed.

Sept. 11, 2001
  • 830 p.m.-President Bush addresses the nation,
    saying thousands of lives were suddenly ended by
    evil and asks for prayers for the families and
    friends of Tuesdays victims. These acts
    shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel
    of American resolve, he says. The president
    says the U.S. government will make no distinction
    between the terrorists who committed the acts and
    those who harbor them. He adds that government
    offices will reopen Wednesday.

Sept. 12, 2001
  • 9 survivors (3 policemen and 6 firefighters) are
    found amidst the rubble of the WTC.
  • Mayor Giuliani warns the death toll will be in
    the thousands.
  • President Bush labels the attacks acts of war
    and asks Congress to find 20 billion to help
    rebuild and recover.

Sept. 12, 2001
  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
    decides that Tuesdays terror strikes in the
    United States constitute an attack against all 19
    members, which commits them to respond militarily
    if they deem force is necessary to protect
  • The United Nations pulls its staff out of

Sept. 13, 2001
  • Military recruiting skyrockets as patriotic
    Americans prepare for battle.
  • A national day of unity and mourning is
    approved 100 to 0 by the Senate. The House later
    approves the resolution 408 to 0.

Sept. 13, 2001
  • Secretary of Transportation, Norman Y. Mineta,
    announces new security precautions which airports
    and airlines will be required to implement.
    Security is increased to its highest level since
    the 1991 Gulf War.
  • Bond trading and futures activity resume. Stock
    markets remain closed for the longest stretch
    since World War II.

Sept. 13, 2001
  • Defense Departments says about 190 people died in
    the attack at the Pentagon, including 64 aboard
    the hijacked plane.
  • The New York mayor announces that 4,763 people
    are missing.
  • Investigators find data recorder for United
    Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Later, officials say
    they will not release the audio or a transcript
    in order to protect grieving families.

Sept. 13, 2001
  • Secretary of State Colin Powell says Osama bin
    Laden is the prime suspect.
  • White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer cites
    real and credible information that the plane
    which slammed into the Pentagon was originally
    intended to hit the White House.

Sept. 14, 2001
  • President Bush declares a National Day of Prayer
    and Remembrance.
  • U.S. airlines resume operations and face
    difficulty with strict security rules, frightened
    passengers, and rapidly mounting financial
  • NFL, Collegiate, and high school football games,
    as well as other major sports events, are
    canceled in the U.S.

Sept. 14, 2001
  • Congress and White House officials give consent
    to military action in response to Tuesdays
    terrorist attacks and provide 40 billion package
    to aid retaliation and rebuilding, twice the
    amount President Bush had requested.
  • Americans of many faiths hold services and vigils
    to honor the victims. Bush and other dignitaries
    gather for service at National Cathedral in

Sept. 14, 2001
  • Searchers find flight data and voice recorders of
    hijacked plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
  • Authorities make their first arrest in the
    investigation one of the men detained at New
    Yorks Kennedy Airport is arrested as a material
  • President Bush arrives in New York City to see
    the site of the former World Trade Center.

Sept. 15, 2001
  • President Bush meets with his national security
    advisers at Camp David and afterward, for the
    first time, singles out suspected terrorist Osama
    bin Laden as a prime suspect in Tuesdays
  • Coast Guard cutters patrol ports and waterways at
    unprecedented levels from New York harbor to San

Sept. 15, 2001
  • F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons fly combat
    patrols over Washington, New York, and other
    major cities. The patrols over Washington and
    New York will continue into 2002.
  • President Bush signs an order authorizing
    Pentagon officials to call up 35,000 Reserves.

Sept. 16, 2001
  • Funeral and memorial services begin for
    firefighters and individuals who died in
    Tuesdays attack.

Sept. 17, 2001
  • Wall Street reopens for the first time since the
    previous weeks terrorist attacks.
  • The Federal Reserve cuts interest rates by half a
    percentage point.

Sept. 18, 2001
  • One week after the attack, the nation pauses at
    845 A.M. EST for a moment of silence in honor of
    the victims.
  • Media reports that over 50 countries lost
    citizens in the World Trade Center attack.
  • Warplanes begin flying overseas from U.S. bases
    as the Pentagon ordered dozens of fighters,
    bombers, and other aircraft to the Persian Gulf,
    Indian Ocean, andin an unprecedented movethe
    two former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and

Sept. 19, 2001
  • The USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier
    leaves from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk
    headed to the Mediterranean, then to the Persian

Sept. 20, 2001
  • President Bush gives a very successful address to
    Congress and the nation outlining the goals in
    the new war on terrorism. In a difficult time,
    Bush gave the nation what it needed in a
    Commander in Chiefsimple in his speech, clear in
    is vision, and confident in his ultimate success

Sept. 20, 2001
  • The president has warned the nation to be
    patient. Some officials are envisioning a war
    that could last 50 years in order to build
    intelligence networks to infiltrate and bust up
    terror cells worldwide. As a model for
    fashioning a long-term game plan, Bush aides
    examined old cold-war national-security
    documents, such as NSC-68, a plan the Truman
    Administration drafted in 1950 to contain the

  • As of December 5, 2001, there were 6 U.S.
    military fatalities in Operation Enduring
    Freedom the number of people missing or dead in
    the World Trade Center attacks was listed at
    3,047. By December 19, the number of fatalities
    was revised to 2,992. 8 journalists were killed
    covering the war in Afghanistan.

  • In December, 2001, an American was taken into
    military custody in Afghanistan after fighting
    with the Taliban regime. John Walker-Lindh
    converted to Islam four years earlier after
    reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, left the
    United States in 2000 to train at al-Qaeda camps
    in Afghanistan, and had taken the name of
    Sulayman Al-Lindh. Walker-Lindh was brought back
    in January, 2002 to face trial in the United
    States, since he was an American citizen.

  • In an amateur videotape released by the Pentagon
    (Dec. 13, 2001-it had been found earlier in a
    house overtaken by anti-Taliban forces), Osama
    bin Laden was shown discussing the events leading
    up to September 11th, saying the event benefited
    Islam greatly. In the tape, bin Laden discussed
    some of the planning that led to the attacks, and
    recalled tuning in to the radio to hear American
    news broadcasts of the attack. They were
    overjoyed when the first plane hit the building,
    he said of others listening with him that day.
    So I said to them Be patient.

  • At the end of the newscast, they reported that a
    plane just hit the World Trade Center. Another
    man in the tape said, Allah be praised. bin
    Laden recalled, After a little while, they
    announced that another plane had hit the World
    Trade Center the brothers who heard the news
    were overjoyed by it. References to jihad (holy
    war) were made throughout the tape. bin Laden
    made references to the planning We calculated
    in advance the number of casualties who would be
    killed based on the position of the tower.

  • We calculated that the floors that would be hit
    would be three or four. I was the most
    optimistic of them all. Due to my experience in
    this field, I was thinking that the fire from the
    gas in the plane would melt the iron structure of
    the building and collapse the area where the
    plane hit, and all the floors above it only.
    This is all that we had hoped for, as he
    gestured with one hand horizontal striking his
    other hand, held vertically, as if a plane
    hitting a building

  • The most viewed photo from the September, 2001
    tragedy was of three New York City firefighters
    displaying a U.S. flag amid the rubble of the
    World Trade Center. George Johnson, Dan
    McWilliams and Billy Eisengrein were the
    firefighters who were the object of photographer
    Thomas Franklin of The Record in Bergen County,
    New Jersey.

  • The photo echoed the famous World War II image of
    U.S. Marines raising the U.S. flag atop Mount
    Suribachi on Iwo Jima. The photo became a
    testament to Americas enduring resolve. In
    January, 2002, a statue of the photo was
    unveiled, creating controversy because instead of
    the 3 firefighters being portrayed accurately,
    the images of the firefighters included one white
    man, a Hispanic, and a Black American.

  • December 22, 2001-Richard C. Reid, believed to be
    linked to al-Qaeda, is apprehended by other
    passengers on a flight from Paris to Miami after
    he is spotted trying to ignite explosives in his

  • January, 2002-158 suspected terrorists, described
    as the most hard-core al-Qaida terrorists and
    Taliban fighters, are brought to Guantanamo Bay
    Naval Base, Cuba to be held in a makeshift
    detainment center at Camp X-Ray.

  • The United States was critized for holding
    prisoners of war, but President Bush and
    Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld considers
    the captured fighters to be unlawful combatants
    and detainees rather than prisoners of war,
    since they do not represent a nation or foreign
    government. A delegation of U.S. Congressmen
    toured the detention facility and said conditions
    were very humane.

  • January 29, 2002-In his State of the Union
    address, President George W. Bush in a vital act
    of world leadership declared a declaration
    against the axis of evil referring to 3 nations
    where there are weapons of mass destruction in
    hostile hands.

  • After the 1991 Persian Gulf War, dictator Saddam
    Hussein was discovered to be only months away
    from producing an atomic bomb and had already
    done tests on a radiological dirty bomb. His
    program was closed, but his pool of trained
    scientists remained, and he might have a nuclear
    device within a few years. When United Nations
    weapons inspectors were banished, they were
    convinced that Saddam had hidden an arsenal of VX
    nerve gas and a whole range of biological agents
    and toxins.

  • According to the Monterey Center for
    Nonproliferation Studies, Iran, under the
    leadership of Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, had an
    arsenal of chemical weapons and, according to the
    U.S. government, had been secretly producing
    biological weapons. It is getting Russian help
    on nuclear power and assistance on missiles from
    Russia and China.

North Korea
  • Caught in 1992 producing more plutonium than it
    admitted to making, North Korean president Kim
    Jong II agreed in 1994 to stop producing it in
    exchange for Western nations help with
    less-dangerous nuclear technology. But it
    blocked implementation of the agreement. North
    Korea has large stocks of chemical weapons and a
    well-developed biological weapons program. It is
    also developing a missile capable of reaching the
    United States.

  • The three countries dont constitute a
    cooperative axis as Germany, Italy, and Japan
    did in World War II, but there is no question
    that they are evil. They have a history of
    menacing their own people.
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