Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War

By Cynthia Enloe | Go to book overview

CHAPTER EIGHT
Kim
“I’m in a Way Fighting My Own War”

Kim Gorski was in her early thirties when the Bush administration decided to launch a military invasion of Iraq. She was a white American woman married to Mike Gorski, a white American man. They were making their young married lives in Hayward, California, part of the sprawling, racially diverse San Francisco Bay Area. They had a house and a mortgage. The couple didn’t yet have children, just two dogs, Chesty and Bosco. Kim was training to become a real estate broker.1

The San Francisco Bay Area was an expensive part of the country in which to live in the early twenty-first century. A two-income household would make that life economically sustainable. Houses were selling and property values were still soaring, so real estate looked like a promising career. No one yet was talking about the housing “bubble.”

Kim’s husband Mike was also at an early stage in his civilian career. He was a junior executive at a Bay Area bank, working his way up the company ladder. In 2002, banking still looked like a solid profession.

Mike previously had been in the active-duty Marine Corps but chose not to reenlist. He left the marines in the early 1990s, still in his twenties. He didn’t leave the military entirely, however. Mike joined the California National Guard. He thought that by joining the National Guard he could continue to contribute to society patriotically, while getting on with his

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • Chapter One - Eight Women, One War 1
  • The Iraqi Women 17
  • Chapter Two - Nimo- Wartime Politics in a Beauty Parlor 19
  • Chapter Three - Maha- A Widow Returns to Baghdad 45
  • Chapter Four - Safah- The Girl from Haditha 72
  • Chapter Five - Shatha- A Legislator in Wartime 93
  • The American Women 127
  • Chapter Six - Emma and the Recruiters 129
  • Chapter Seven - Danielle- From Basketball Court to Baghdad Rooftop 150
  • Chapter Eight - Kim- "I’M in a Way Fighting My Own War" 171
  • Chapter Nine - Charlene- Picking Up the Pieces 192
  • Conclusion - The Long War 211
  • Notes 227
  • Bibliography 271
  • Index 295
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