Skip to comments.Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, coalition forces leader during Persian Gulf War, dies
Posted on 12/27/2012 9:38:49 PM PST by FrogMom
Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.
The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander's reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: "The Bear."
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Now there brings back really great GOP memories, a Republican led war that was popular and obvious victory.
Early 1991 when the military surprised everyone who was worried and pessimistic with an easy victory. Norman was like a hero like Patton in that, so confident. so right.
It went to hell a few years after that (nothing to do with him) .
RIP Sir. It was an honor.
RIP General. You done good.
Loved this guy. Weary from losing the good guys here on earth when things are so bad. :(
A good man and the last of Americas real generals. He was the real deal, not a Petraeus, or McChrystol type that would be just as happy working on a corporate board, or at some university.
And Stormin Norman ran Americas last war with things like battleships bombarding the enemy with 16 inch, F-4s flying SEAD, OV-10s instead of drones, artillery prep before attacks, B-52s carpet bombing with iron bombs three times a day, for weeks at a time,,, Daisy cutters being dropped over enemy concentrations just because. And oh yeah, it was the last war with Bob Hope showing up.
After Norman left, the pussies took over. Rest in peace sir.
My favorite quote by him:
“As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he’s a great military man, I want you to know that.”
With the utmost respic and admiration to Stormin Norman Operation Destern Storm and GHWB
respect and Desert....little hasty
Huh? Is it too soon to say he was awesome, the last of the real generals, and will be missed? Or is it too soon to relay a stiry as to how he answered a child’s letter? Get a grip.
I was thinking about him earlier this evening.
At one of the press conferences, he played a clip and said something like “and here is the luckiest man in Iraq...”
The clip shows a truck crossing a bridge over a deep ravine.
Just before the missile hit that blasted the bridge to smithereens!
God Bless ya, General!
Think he was correcting his own typos, made in haste...read back to the post he replied to.
Fantastic leader! I admire the fact that when he retired he didn’t try to capitalize on his success and favorability, but just quietly retired to be with his family and left politics to others.
I watched CNN live coverage as much as possible after getting home from work each day.
It was shameful the way the Colin Powell would frequently show up and try to claim the limelight for the successes planned and executed by Gen. Norman S. .....That’s when I began despising Powell and he’s done nothing since then to change my mind.
Oh God bless him, he served his country well! He’s like a modern Gen. Patton. Then there’s his former boss in the hospital; hopefully he’ll pull through, now!
General Swartzkoff is one of the few American Generals that can claim to have won a war. The list is short, Washington, Scott, Grant, Pershing, Ike, and McArthur. He clearly ranks with these men in our history.
Saddam was an evil dictator, but he was a secular evil dictator who kept the Iranis and the Sunni Al Qaeda militants in their place
Us putting troops in Saudi arabia was the justification used for 9/11
If we had let Saddam keep Kuwait, he would have threatened the Saudis and prevented the Saudis giving money to train Wahabbis all over the world (he would have grabbed the money for himself) and Saddam would have gone back to his real aim -- to kick the living s*** out of the Iranis
With the oil money, he could have done this, slaughtering thousands of Irani Shia fanatics (like he did in the Iran-Iraq war)
It also meant that we started paying money and attention to the Pakis again (due to Afghanistan) instead of them just breaking up.
In hindsight, we should have stayed the heck out of that -- GWI leads directly to 9/11, GWII and the Afghanistan involvement.
I remember during Desert Storm he showed the video of what he described as the “luckiest man in Iraq”. It was of a US missle fired I belive from aircraft taking out a bridge on the main supply highway from Kuwait back up into Iraq. An Iraqi millitary supply truck just made it across a bridge when the missle hit the bridge and took it out in a giant explosion.
RIP Sir, prayers up for you and yours.
He served with honor. RIP general.
I agree. In hindsight, we should have just cut a quiet deal with Saddam and bought our oil from him rather than the corrupt Kuwaitis or the Wahhabi Saudis. Kuwait was just not worth the trouble it ultimately wrought, and neither was Saudi Arabia. And he could have used all of that oil money to continue pummeling the Iranians.
God rest his soul.
He was the last “real” general in American history.
Saudi arabia — definitely not worth it. They are our enemy. It’s interesting to think of what could have happened — most likely Saddam would have been able to crush the Ayatollahs. He’d grab the western provinces of Iran
Sit up a little higher in your chair so reality doesn’t fly so far over your grape, obtuse one.
The Generals' War, pg. 327
Colon Powell, Wesley Clarke and John Kerry are not worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as General Norman Schwarzkopf.
Also 'is a political genius' is really not a complement coming from a one military man to another.
I could think of others who fall in that category but you get the point.
To the General, R.I.P
I don't despise him. He is a political opportunist not worthy to be in the same company with General Norman Schwarzkopf.
Powell is the Affirmative Action General just like Obama is the Affirmative Action President.