Gen. Schwarzkopf Dead at 78
'Stormin' Norman' led forces that got Saddam out of Kuwait
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 27, 2012 6:30 PM CST
In this Jan. 27, 1991, file photo, U.S. Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf points to a row of photos of Kuwait's Ahmadi Sea Island Terminal on fire after a U.S. attack on the facility.   (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)

(Newser) – Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the US-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died at age 78 in Tampa, Fla. The president he served under at the time, George HW Bush, who remains in the ICU of a Houston hospital, released a statement saying that "Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation."

Schwarzkopf, a much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, was known popularly as "Stormin' Norman" for a notoriously explosive temper. He became widely known during the military campaign in Kuwait through his televised news briefings. Schwarzkopf lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of US Central Command, the headquarters responsible for US military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan. At the peak of his postwar national celebrity, Schwarzkopf—a self-proclaimed political independent—rejected suggestions that he run for office, and remained far more private than other generals.

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Dec 28, 2012 11:45 PM CST
Every time some worthless US general dies you get these latreen suckers coming out of the woodwork claiming they're "special ops", Navy seals, green berets and all the other BS US military groups that these losers could never qualify for or even spell. Swarztkopf was a big, fat, blowhard who commanded about 4 billion American troops which was what he said it took to attack some strawman with no army, no navy, and no air force in Desert Scam I where all the Iraqi cowards were shot in the back while running away. Oh, and go ahead and take my comment out like you did before DH and I'll just write it again and again. Got it dumb ass?
Dec 28, 2012 7:16 PM CST
RIP General. We need so many more like you.
Dec 28, 2012 5:57 PM CST
At ease, soldier ... your tour is over.