President Clinton sneaks a glance at Vice President Al Gore and incoming President George W. Bush as the three wait in a holding room on Capitol Hill, minutes before the official swearing-in on Inauguration Day, 2001. Bush won the presidency after the Supreme Court ruled for him in the historic case Bush v. Gore.
Ground Zero, in New York City one week after the attacks on the World Trade Center.
"Rumsfeld visits Ground Zero"
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld stares in amazement when while visiting 'Ground Zero' in New York City where the twin towers of the World Trade Center were decimated by the attacks on 9/11.
"The Pentagon Burns on 9/11"
The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, burns after American Flight 77 was hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists, on September 11, 2001.
©Karen Ballard 9/11/01
A member of the U.S. military guards a street near the Ground Zero disaster site one week after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City.
'President Bush Goes to War"
Sitting in the treaty room of the White House, President George W. Bush announces to the nation on Sunday, October 7, 2001, that the bombing campaign against Osama Bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan will begin.
US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, share a moment in the Presidential Palace as he introduces the new Ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalizad, to Karzai on Thursday, December 4, 2003.
"Afghan Honor Guards"
An Afghan Honor Guard readies another in preparation of a visit by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
"President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan"
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai outside the Presidential Palace in Kabul, December 4, 2003.
Commander of U.S. Central Command, General Tommy Franks, hugs a soldier on the As Sayliyah base in Doha, Qatar, in December of 2002, 13 days before Christmas and three months before the "Shock and Awe" attack on Baghdad began.
"U.S. Soldiers Shadow Saddam's Palace"
Illuminating the walls of Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein's former Presidential Palace, U.S. troops make their way indoors for a shift change during another night of patrols inside the 'green zone' a heavily fortified zone in the center of Baghdad, once controlled by the Baath party. The are was taken by American forces in April 2003 and became the center of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA).
"While Others Slept"
US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld goes over documents aboard a C-17 Aircraft after a full day and various stops in Iraq.
"Once A Palace, Now A Trailer Park"
Makeshift homes for military and civilian personnel stand in front of "Camp Victory" a Palace formerly owned by Saddam Hussein and taken over by the U.S. and Coalition Forces upon landing in Baghdad.
"General Tommy Franks Lands in Baghdad"
Upon landing at the newly named "Baghdad International Airport" General Tommy Franks shows a sign of appreciation to troops on the ground as he entered the city for the first time on Wednesday, April 16, 2003, one week after the capital city fell to US and Coalition Forces.
"US Soldier in Baghdad"
Private First Class Gregory Burke from Mt. Vernon, New York, of the 1st Calvary basks in the evening heat of Baghdad where he stands guard in the 'green zone'.
"Townhall Meeting Between Americans & Iraqis"
A variety of Iraqi's meet with Americans, in a tent in the ancient city of Ur, near Naisiriyah, to discuss the future of Iraq after the invasion. A vote was taken where these participants decide after listening to speakers to hold a meeting again 10 days later with Americans.
©Karen Ballard 4/14/03
US Commander General Tommy Franks smokes a cigar and laughs with Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during a phone call made while seated inside former Iraqi leader Saddam Husseins palace on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 during Franks first visit to Baghdad.
A young man jumps from the high dive at the Presidential Palace of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's swimming pool which provides respite from the heat of Baghdad for US and Coalition troops, coalition provisional authority workers and civilians.
"Celebrating July 4th Inside the Green Zone"
American and Coaliton civilian workers take part in a group dance party inside the Green Zone on the 4th of July, 2004.
"American IED Victim"
Batina Sundem, a nurse in the 31st Combat Support Hospital inside Baghdad's green zone, takes care of 25-year-old William Congleton, a reservist whose vehicle was hit the night before by an IED, leaving him with a fractured spine.
"Iraqi IED Victim"
An Iraqi family struggles as their son and brother, recovers inside the intensive care unit at the CASH--Combat Support Hospital. The young man, a seventeen-year-old working for the newly established ICDC--Iraqi Civil Defense Corps--was hit in the head with shrapnel after an IED exploded near him--he had been working for only fourteen days on the new job.
Vice President Dick Cheney, who is known for keeping a low profile in the administration, comes into the spotlight from time to time, as here during a Salute to American heroes, an event Cheney attended the day before his second swearing in as Vice President on January 20, 2005.
"Four More Years"
President George W. Bush throws his head back in laughter after comments from Senator Trent Lott just minutes after completing his inaugural speech on January 20, 2005.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, with President George W. Bush during Secretary Rumsfeld's retirement ceremony held with an Armed Services Full Honor Review at the Pentagon on Friday, December 15th, 2006.
"Tribute in Light"
A streak of an airplane flying by and a full moon, accompany the "tribute in light" memorial that was turned on in downtown Manhattan six months after the Sept. 11th attacks.