WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78.
The official tells The Associated Press that Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. The official wasn't authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as "Stormin' Norman" for a notoriously explosive temper.
He lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of 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.
And that makes three.
This concludes the 2012 Christmas Holiday death trio.
And why is that relevant, R1?
Because Norman "saved us" from the first bullshit war against Iraq?
The first war wasn't bullshit.
Yes R4, we had to avenge those little babies kicked out of incubators. Idiot.
R5 - No, it was about territorial integrity and the rule of international law. Saddam invaded Kuwait. Working with a UN sanctioned coalition, we stopped him.
R6, Our secretary of state gave Saddam the go ahead to invade Kuwait. They get away with this stuff because people like you let them.
Kuwait was "slant drilling," stealing oil that lay below the soil on the Iraqi side of the border.
Did old George 41 kick the bucket yet?
The Grim Reaper is on a killing streak this week.
R7 - "Our secretary of state gave Saddam the go ahead to invade Kuwait."
No, James Baker did not.
R6, it was actually about oil, just like the 2nd Iraq War was.
Why do you think George H.W. Bush & the Republicans lied to the country about babies being thrown from incubators (something that never happened) and hired an actress to lie about what was going on there?
War criminal who will rot in hell.
WHAT did he die of?
R12 - No.
Why did the UN sign on to it, unlike the war in 2003?
Why did we stop at the original borders?
R15, can you explain why Bush lied about babies being thrown out of incubators or why an actress was hired to lie to the public?
[quote]WHAT did he die of?
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa from complications arising from pneumonia, his sister confirms.
R16 - can you prove those things?
They really saddam-ized hussein.
I guess celebrities do die in 3's.
Yes, R6. It was glorious! We saved the oil fields!
[quote]Did old George 41 kick the bucket yet?
No, his health has improved.
No, he's just outside looking in.
War is bad, guys, mmmkay? Which is why we should let guys like Saddam Hussein invade any country they want. And if we let Mr. Hitler keep the Sudetenland, there will be Peace in our Time.
FYI, r26 has just linked to an anti-Semitic website that deals in Holocaust denial.
A true American hero!
R25 - There's absolutely no proof that the Bush admin. was behind the lies or knew that the stories were untrue at the time. Moreover, Amnesty International and other agencies were also taken in.
Iraq invaded and annexed Kuwait. They refused to reverse that when the UN told them to. The UN declared action against them.
R26 - I stopped reading at "Congressman Ron Paul"
It was all about the oil and that's it. Period.
By any chance, are we trying to kick China out of Tibet? Huh?
George 41 is near death?
C'mon, the fourties aren't THAT old!
Why are you surprised that we'd let the dictator WE installed do what he wanted to do? Until he started overpumping oil (remember the 90 cent a gallon gas we had in the 90s?) Then he had to go.
R12, she wasn't an actress. She was the daughter of some Kuwaiti politician/ambassador. She was the "vial of anthrax" for the first war.
No surprise that Tom Lantos played a part in the deception about the incubators. He'd be called a neo con today.
Neo cons spreading lies to get American kids to fight their wars.
Shut your trap, or use it to suck Pat Buchanan's dick, r39.
Remember, his Father was head of the New Jersey State Police and led the investigation/cover-up in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and the eventual conviction and execution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann.
The Father also set up and trained the Iranian Secret Police (SAVAK) during WWII, and was instrumental in getting the Shah back on the throne after the war.
I bet old Norman took some big family secrets to the grave with him.
Neo cons like Dan Senor blow. These creeps love to drag this country into foreign wars. We missed a bullet with Romney. Yuck.
What happened with the Lindbergh baby? Do you think they shook him or something and then set up the whole kidnapping thing?
Was he for or against gays and lesbians serving in the military?
He's number two after Jack Klugman. Charles Dunning is NOT famous enough to count.
Yes he is.
I was too young to understand the first Iraqi War. I don't know who to believe! Was it a justified war or not???
R47, just remember, there is no such thing as Gulf War Syndrome.
Many famous people die around Christmas. It's something I expect.
Schwarz is German for black
And kopf is German for head
So Schwarzkopf means pimple...
Norman Schwartzkopf, a fugly mass-murdering sow, is now quite deservedly burning in hell!
Long live Hitler
Our glourious King
Schwarzkopf means Hitler
He was like that "thing"
The both played with their DING-A-LING
[quote]can you prove those things?
R18, the media investigated the accusations at the time and found out that the Bush Administration and assorted others had made everything up.
R29, you're naive if you don't think Bush knew about the lies. This man was a former CIA Director, and someone who has been lying about his whereabouts during JFK's assassination for decades.
Rather than asking us questions, why not look up a few books on this so you learn more?
Start with Russ Baker's "Family of Secrets".
In Chicago shark fins are illegal as of January 1st. Get them while you can boys
Up for original thread.
[quote]What happened with the Lindbergh baby? Do you think they shook him or something and then set up the whole kidnapping thing?
This is a very good question.
Family of Secrets is an excellent book and well researched. I do wonder why nobody has ever questioned the Lindbergh's official story. Every other time a kid is harmed the parents are the first suspects. So the guy could fly a plane, he also liked Hitler.