Operation Iraqi Freedom
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Operation Iraqi Freedom book
The diplomatic battles which foreshadowed the US-led invasion, in many ways overshadowed the actual military phase of the campaign to oust the regime of Saddam Hussein. The US and coalition military build-up in the region was slow and deliberate. The first Gulf War against Iraq was deemed to be a broad affirmation of the utility of the Weinberger-Powell Doctrine. The majority of Iraq's military equipment was older, Soviet-era weaponry. The Iraqi Army that prepared to oppose the US-led coalition was essentially a force that was completely opposite of the coalition forces. The US finally had a significant coalition of the willing, but even the increased numbers fell short of administration requests. The period after May 2003 would prove to be critical to the success of Operation Iraqi Freedom as considerable debate swirled in the press and political discourse over the notion that the US had "won" the war, but "lost" the peace.