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Gen. Schwarzkopf,
a man for his times

Washington Times [DC], by Rowan Scarborough

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/28/2012 3:59:14 PM

The twist in the long military career of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is that a 35-year Army soldier is remembered more for what he did in the air than on land. Commanding his first war, the four-star infantryman decided on a strategy to eject Iraqi forces and liberate Kuwait that showcased air power — the precision weapons and strike jets that had been developed (but had gone mostly unused) in the preceding 20 years. When Operation Desert Storm kicked off on the night of Jan. 17, 1991, he watched in a command post in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, —

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/28/2012 4:56:13 PM     (No. 9087887)

There was a guy on the news this moring that was really critical of the general. He was more or less saying that all the causalities the general saw in Vietnam,made him too cautios of taking causalities in the Gulf War where the initial stages were simply bombing long distance. This bought Saddam´s republican guard time to escape intact over the Euphrates. There was also a discussion about how not going into Baghdad led to us having to go back again.

I mean everybody was impressed with the daily briefings that made him a military rock star but most of Saddam´s army ran away before the big invasion.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 12/28/2012 6:30:41 PM     (No. 9087964)

Under his command, public respect for the G.I. was restored...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: semperparatus, 12/28/2012 6:30:50 PM     (No. 9087965)

RIP General.

I thoroughly enjoyed Owen Connelly’s accounting of LTC Norman Schwarzkopf’s arrival in Vietnam (“On War and Leadership”; Schwarzkopf Takes Over, December 1969). I purchased several copies of this book and issued to numerous JOs.

In the book, LTC Schwarzkopf hits the deck running and notices obvious errors throughout the 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment, 23rd Division. He finds perimeter mines (Claymore) improperly buried at LZ Bayonet—some were turned away from the enemy, others had rusted and were of no use; half-uniformed, half-civilian dressed men; weapons rusted; night patrols exiting the compound only to hide just beyond the tree line so they wouldn’t engage the enemy; loud music being played, etc. He had a tough task of instilling military discipline and pride in a unit that was used to seeing officers “punch their ticket” and quickly rotate out of Vietnam.

As a quick mention, it should be noted that according to Robert Coram’s excellent work, “Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War”, Colonel Boyd, USAF [through an introduction by Secretary of Defense Cheney] was very instrumental in Schwarzkopf’s final decision making prior to the campaign. From Publisher’s Weekly: “Boyd...shaped the smashingly successful U.S. military strategy in the Persian Gulf War.” Boyd was very instrumental in the development of the left hook maneuver.

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