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Retired General and 1st Gulf War Commander Norman Schwarzkopf dies

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"Retired four-star Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the New Jersey-born soldier whose celebrated military career culminated in his command of the international coalition that repelled Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78.

Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, where he had lived since retiring from the Army in 1992.

The cause of his death was not immediately disclosed.

 

 

“The mothers and fathers of America will give you their sons and daughters . . . with the confidence in you that you will not needlessly waste their lives — and you dare not,” Schwarzkopf once said on the subject of a military leader’s responsibility. “That’s the burden the mantle of leadership places upon you.”

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said the country has lost a “great patriot and a great soldier.”

Powell was the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Schwarzkopf’s boss during the Desert Storm operation that drove Hussein’s Iraqi army out of neighboring Kuwait.

“He was a good friend of mine, a close buddy . I will miss him,” Powell said in a statement .

Nicknamed “Stormin’ Norman” because of his hot temper, Schwarzkopf was known for wearing desert camouflage and for his straight talk during the Persian Gulf War. He rejected reports he didn’t agree with as “bovine scatology,” and often peppered his speech with boxing terminology, once describing the 100-hour battle that crushed Hussein’s forces as a “left hook.”

 

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/general-norman-schwarzkopf-dies-report-article-1.1228565#ixzz2GKAbu7lv

 

 

 

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Amazing no replies to this "war hero" passing. In late 1991 so people were stating for President HW Bush to replace Quayle with Schwarzkopf or Colin Powell. After 1992 Schwarzkopf basically faded from media attention.

Still RIP to a great American.

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