Reagan to Obama



1981 - 1989

PP: Republican
~Rise of conservatism
~Cold War ends

Iran-Contra Affair


A scandal that erupted during the Reagan administration when it was revealed that US government agents had secretly sold arms to Iran in order to raise money to fund anti- communist "Contra" forces in Nicaragua.

Persian Gulf War


After Iraq invaded Kuwait, the US invaded Iraq to liberate Kuwait; Iraq set Kuwait's oil fields on fire so the Americans couldn't gain the oil; this conflict caused the US to set military bases in Saudi Arabia; also called Operation: Desert Storm.

USS Cole Bombing


A destroyer was attacked by Al-Qaeda suicide bombers in Yemen.


11 September 2001

A series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings.

Homeland Security


Cabinet department of the United States federal government with the primary responsibilities of protecting the territory of the U.S. from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters.


2009 - 2016

P: Democrat
~Affordable Care Act
~Troop withdrawals from Iraq increase in Afghanistan

Death of Osama Bin Laden


When Laden was killed it weakened Al Qaeda and was a patriotic time for Americans, however, Pakistan saw this as a "mean" move.