- 1100 Words You Need to Know
- Vocab Class:
- Coursebook: 1100 Words You Need to Know
- Session: Week 3, Day 6
- Wordsearch 3
Using the clues listed below, fill in each blank in the following story with one of the new words you learned this week.
Desert Storm Decision
In the 1991 Persian Gulf War, where the United Nations forces, led by Americans, ousted the invading Iraqi army from Kuwait’s soil, the __________ of combat took place in short order after the Allies were able to __________ control of the skies from the __________ Saddam Hussein’s air force.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the U.S. field commander, tended to __________ when asked by the media why he hadn’t pursued the enemy all the way to Baghdad, saying: “It would have been foolhardy for us to try to occupy that capital city and pile up American casualties from sniper attacks by Iraq’s guerillas. That may be hard for you Monday morning quarterbacks to understand but I thoroughly agreed with the president who was convinced that such an action would have sent a bad message to the Arab world and would have splintered the Allied partnership.”
Schwarzkopf reiterated that it was his mission to hurl back the invaders with a minimum of bloodshed but not, he added in a __________ tone, “to splatter Saddam over the desert sands. That dictator’s days are numbered,” the general concluded, “but I expect his end is likely to come at the hands of his own people.”