Operation Welcome Home

Synopsis: An original documentary, this film contains previously classified footage provided by the Defense Department. Included is an exclusive on-camera "host" appearance by General Colin Powell, actual archival and pictorial footage, interviews, narrative with celebrities and key military personnel and the returning home after Desert Storm.
Genre: Documentary, War
Director(s): Robert Kline
Actors: Colin Powell
48 min

If tomorrow

all the things were gone

I'd worked for all my life

And I had to start again

With just my children

and my wife

I'd thank my lucky stars

To be livin' here today

Because the flag

still stands for freedom

And they can't

take that away

And I'm proud to be

an American

Where at least

I know I'm free

Because there ain't

no doubt, I love this land

God bless the U.S.A.

The Chairman

of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,

General Colin Powell.

We're all very proud

of those Marines and sailors.

We're also proud

of the soldiers and the airmen

and the Coast Guardsmen,

all the G.I.s

of our armed forces

who showed what this nation

is capable of;

who showed that

we stand for something

and, yes, we do more

than stand for something.

We're willing to fight

for something.

America loves them.

America is proud of them,

and America thanks them

for what they did

for the cause of freedom.

I thought Saddam Hussein would

realize that we were serious,

but he's even dumber

than I thought he was

because once you send

Bob Hope into a theater,

it usually means you're serious

and we're going to win.

But in the final analysis,

it came down to brave,

young men and women who were

willing to go in harm's way.

Summer, 1990.

America at peace.

A nation at play,

in pursuit of its values

and traditions.

After 40 years of Cold War

and confrontation

with the Soviets,

America was preparing

for a peaceful future.

While America looked inward,

far off in Iraq, Saddam Hussein

was building the fourth

largest army in the world

with weapons supplied

by the Soviets

and the western alliance.

Ironically, some

of the very nations

that would confront Saddam

in Operation:
Desert Storm.

Yet, beyond his military power,

the depth of Saddam's brutality

was reflected

in his repression at home

by public hangings

and the apocalyptic

scenes at Halabja,

where he gassed to death over

5,000 Iraqi Kurds in 1988.

In building up

his personality cult,

Saddam took

a most dangerous gamble

when he surprised the world

by invading Kuwait

on August 2, 1990.

It was a gamble that triggered

an immediate response

from the United States.

It is not the United States

against Iraq.

It is Iraq against the world.

A response which initiated

the most massive mobilization

and troop buildup

since the Vietnam War,

with the support

of the American people,

a combination

of new military leadership

and high-tech weaponry

were brought together to contain

Saddam's threat

to the world order.

I loves you!

I love you so much!

From the lakes

of Minnesota

To the hills of Tennessee

Across the plains

of Texas

From sea to shining sea

And across America,

a new wave of patriotism

swept the nation

as American families saw

their sons and daughters

go off in defense of liberty

in order to free

the Kuwaiti people

and prevent further Iraqi

aggression against Saudi Arabia.

And I'm proud to be

an American, where at least...

And the playing fields

of America

would become empty

with the departure

of America's sons and daughters.

And I'd gladly stand up

Next to you and

defend her still today

'Cause there ain't no doubt

I love this land

God bless the U.S.A.

And I'm proud

to be an American

Where at least

I know I'm free

And I won't forget

the men who died

Who gave that right to me

And I'd gladly stand up

Next to you and

defend her still today

Because there ain't

no doubt I love this land

God bless the U.S.A.

While Americans debated about

the tactics of confronting

Iraq's aggression,

at no time did they deny support

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