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Gulf War Commander Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

Hawaii Reporter – by VOA News

Retired Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died.  He was 78.

Schwarzkopf died Thursday in the southern city of Tampa, Florida, where he lived in retirement.  There is no word yet on a cause of death.

A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as “Stormin’ Norman” because of his notoriously explosive temper.  In 1991, he led Operation Desert Storm, which liberated Kuwait from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s forces.

Schwarzkopf lived in Tampa, where he served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command.  That is the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.

Schwarzkopf retired from active service in late 1991.  In the aftermath of the Gulf War, there was some speculation that he might run for political office, but he never did.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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6 Responses to Gulf War Commander Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

  1. John Q. Parvenu says:

    Good riddance!!!

  2. Mark Schumacher - NV says:

    Schwarzkopf wanted to finish the job once and for all in Iraq, Bush wouldn’t let him. Bush wanted to milk that nightmare until the blood ran dry. Bush Sr. will burn for that. At least Schwarzkopf wanted to end that money pit fraud war quick. One thing you couldn’t take away from this guy, he knew how to mow them down and finish what he started.. I guess in a sick sort of way I respect the guy for that.

    Damn good General who got caught up in one of the largest frauds ever perpetrated on the American public. I think deep inside his soul he knew that too. I could be wrong but don’t think so. A good man being sucked in and couldn’t get out.

  3. sds says:

    may he rot in hell.

  4. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    Here’s hoping GHW Bush follows close on his heels.

  5. NC says:

    I remember hearing about this guy when I was in 5th or 6th grade. The media and their Gulf War trading cards propaganda (like sports trading cards) for the kiddies made this guy out to be the General MacArthur of the Middle East. After the war, he kinda left the stage and you never really heard from him since. Now he’s dead. I guess at the time of the Gulf War, I supported him, but being a 5th or 6th grade student, I was already a sheeple who was indoctrinated by the school system, so I didn’t know any better at the time. That’s all I remember from him.

  6. Richard says:

    When I was in the middle East he was know as General Jerkoff. The media made him into a god and the Bush family kissed his fat ass.

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