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Stormin’ Norman Gone

Norman Schwarzkopf has died. Schwarzkopf could easily have entered politics after his victory in the Gulf War, but refused to do so, preferring to retire with his wife of 44 years. He also famously refused to kneel before Queen Elizabeth when she knighted him, believing that Americans should not kneel or bow to a foreign sovereign.

RIP, Norman. You earned it.

Update: My favorite Schwarzkopf quote:

As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, 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.

The general had a way of making the public understand what was going on in the war without disclosing any sensitive information. I wish we’d had someone like him running Gulf War II.

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