BREAKING NEWS: General Norman Schwarzkopf who led troops in Persian Gulf War dies age 78. Read his bio. He was quite a guy. A IHTM Salute and RIP General.

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Sidekick December 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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His briefings were a thing of beauty. RIP, General.

DefHarryMelon December 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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I liked it when he’d bring Horner up for details in the briefing.

He who battles time has an adversary not susceptible to casualties.

poppajoe49 December 28, 2012 at 5:46 am

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A perfectly snappy salute to you General.

RobertW December 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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Rest in Peace General Schwarzkopf.

danybhoy December 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

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RIP to 1 of the best we have produced.

StrinaM December 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

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I know you are not a Navy man, but Fair winds and following seas!

flashingscotsman December 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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Rest In Peace, Sir.

Not so silent December 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

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He did a job, did it to the best of his ability with honor and integrity, and was still modest about it. That was one hell of a guy. we loose people like this and what we have left are generals fighting a war with the little helmet doing all the thinking…I hope the next “Stormin Norman” is out there, because we need men like him. Rest in Peace sir.

Bonfire of the Absurdities December 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

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A man of not only competence but character. How we could use more of his world view today….

“I’ve met a lot of leaders that were very, very, very competent. But they didn’t have character. For every job they did well in the Army, they sought reward in the form of promotions, in the form of awards and decorations, in the form of getting ahead at the expense of somebody else, in the form of another piece of paper that awarded them another degree. The only reason why they wanted that was because it was a sure road to faster promotion, to somehow get to the top. You see, these were very competent people, but they lacked character…

I’ve seen competent leaders who stood in front of a platoon and saw it as a platoon. But I’ve seen great leaders who stood in front of a platoon and saw it as 44 individuals, each of whom had his hopes, each of whom had his aspirations, each of whom wanted to live, each of whom wanted to do good. So, you must have character. Some great man once said that character is seen only when nobody is watching. It’s not what people do when they are being watched that demonstrates character, it’s what they do when they are not being watched that demonstrates true character. And that’s sort of what it’s all about.”

http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2012/12/27/the-man-who-forgot-to-lose/#more-26489

FR in SC December 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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After reading Thomas Hicks’ “The Generals,” I must admit I don’t look up to Gen. Schwartzkopf quite the way I did back in ’91….and then again, I also admit I don’t have 10 percent of the respect for Gen. Powell as I did back then either! Still, the late General’s like Andrew Breitbart, a good man we must sadly do without now. R.I.P.

JPTravis December 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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I’m curious what you learned in that book, because I’ve always thought Powell got way too much credit for Schwartzkopf’s genius. Powell was a bureaucrat general, working his way up the chain of command by knowing the right people. Seems to me he’s pretty damn dumb when push comes to shove.

Sidekick December 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

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Could not agree more. I read Powell’s autobiography when it was new. As a former army officer I was shocked at how little command time he had and each command assignment was just long enough to get the credit but short enough so that he could not screw up. He unintentionally exposed himself as a paper general.

Ruben December 28, 2012 at 6:25 am

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Rest now, Sir, in a place that knows no more war.

JPTravis December 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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MacArthur, April 19, 1951, at West Point:

“I am closing my 52 years of military service. When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all of my boyish hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have all since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Good Bye.”

DefHarryMelon December 28, 2012 at 7:25 am

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And this morning the ghouls are spitting his name – http://twitchy.com/2012/12/27/demented-ghouls-descend-on-late-gen-norman-schwarzkopf/

I find this one easily turned about –
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Tammy Obeidallah @umjihad
Good riddance General Schwarzkopf. Fuck anyone that had anything to do with the rape of Iraq.
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With a quick “Fuck saddam hussein then?”

poppajoe49 December 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

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My fave on the comments:

stuckinIL4now • 11 hours ago

Whoa, what’s this the abortion lobby calling Schwartzy a killer of babies and innocents?

StrinaM December 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

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I wonder how many times the President will insert himself into his eulogy? If he even attends?

Not so silent December 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

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That would be a funny nickname for Odummy..”President insert himself”.

poppajoe49 December 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

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That sounds gay to me.

flashingscotsman December 29, 2012 at 10:29 am

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President Obama sounds gay to me.

KimmyQueen December 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

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ha, ha Obama is gay.

deepthinker December 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

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RIP in General, you have earned the respect and admiration of those who truly appreciate leaders and men who wont roll over.