Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Operation Freedom
3rd floor, West Wing
August - September 2013
On March 19, 2003, the United States invaded Iraq on the false pretext that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. Six weeks later, President Bush stood under a banner on the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Abraham Lincoln reading "Mission Accomplished" and declared an end to major military combat operations. Unfortunately Operation Iraqi Freedom would evolve into an almost nine-year U.S.-military occupation, costing billions of dollars for Iraqi reconstruction and various efforts to prop up a new Iraqi government and limit sectarian violence.
Yellow Birds, an account of two U.S. soldiers trying to stay alive and survive the war in Iraq, is the MSU/East Lansing One Book/One Community reading selection for 2013. This exhibit features some of the many books and films available in the MSU Libraries about the Iraqi War. For a quick overview of pertinent events in the Iraq War, see the Wikipedia entry on Iraq War.
Exhibit produced by Jon Harrison
Special thanks to East Lansing resident Ronald Springer for the loan of artifacts.