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Farewell, stormin’ norman
New York Post, by Editorial

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/29/2012 5:07:22 AM

It was perhaps inevitable that the first-ever war broadcast live on TV would produce an outsize media hero like its commander, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf. But the four-star general, who died Thursday at 78, was no creation of the media — though he was a natural in front of the cameras. He was, instead, a battle-hardened, highly decorated combat veteran and a brilliant tactician who resisted the impulse of too many other generals to play politician. Never before had America enjoyed such a stunning military success as the air and land assault that drove Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Judith, 12/29/2012 8:00:41 AM     (No. 9088389)

Colin powell must be having a fit. Gen. Schwarzkopf getting ALL the credit for a successful war while powell was the head of the military.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: thomthomp, 12/29/2012 11:11:53 AM     (No. 9088616)

As it should be #1. The Chiefs of Staff ("staff" might be a clue there) are advisors to the civilian commanders and not themselves in the chain of command.

"Following the Goldwater-Nichols Act in 1986 the Joint Chiefs of Staff do not have operational command authority, neither individually nor collectively, as the chain of command goes from the President to the Secretary of Defense, and from the Secretary of Defense to the Commanders of the Combatant Commands."

Schwarzkopf was the field commander and rightfully gets credit for what happened on the field of battle.

If General Schwarzkopf got some good advice from General Powell or the other Chiefs and took it, then they should get credit for that.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is not "the head of the military". The President is.

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