One of our best, our very best!
I agree, SR. A loss indeed.
He was a great general and I do not recall much criticism about him from anyone.
However, I read many different versions but I never completely understood why he let the Iraqis keep their helicopters and military equipment. Apparently that is what allowed Saddam to say he was not “defeated” which I guess could be construed to be technically correct.
You would need to ask that question of Colin Powell. Only he has the answer to that.
Thank you for your service to this great country.
Rest in peace General Schwarzkopf.
No one by that name down here. The last ‘Norman’ to show up here was Norman Mailer.
I KNEW it!!
Is there a Lear on the waiting list anywhere?
Some people go straight to heaven
My favorite memory was when he was giving the 11pm nightly update during the Gulf War and he showed the video of them blowing up a bridge right when one of the Iraqi jeeps had crossed it. He introduced the video by saying “here is one of the luckiest enemies alive”…. then after a few minutes he said (paraphrasing) “imagine the look on his face when the whole damn bridge blew up in his rear view mirror”…. It made me chuckle because part of the General was pissed the guy was lucky, and part of him saw the ironic humor in how well his guys were kicking the crap out of the bad guys.
I will also remember him for being the first tactical General to use the western media to psy-ops the enemy. Right up to the end those idjits in the Elite Republican Guard were expecting a beach landing of marines in Kuwait …
RIP General – you did the U.S.A proud.
My favorite memory of Scwartzkopf was when he cited a letter that he had received from a little old lady who was a High School English teacher who refuted the arrogant journalists who had claimed that he was using imaginanry vocabulary to explain that his frequent use of “BS” in response to news reports meant “Bovine Scatology” rather than “Bull Shit”. She had IIRC ncluded photocopies from the Oxford, unabridged dictionary as a reference.
I had the privilege to briefly know him while shooting sporting clays at the club.
My prayers are with him and his family. A better man I have not known,
He was a great general. May he rest in peace.
On the wings of Angels, he goes with God.
Really? Isn’t this the guy who first started using depleted uranium on the battlefield? What he did to Iraq and our own servicemen is unconscionable! His little war was like shooting fish in a barrel. What a loser.
Hey FDRinHell, I know it must be tough being a polio victim and all but I think you just didn’t look hard enough.
There’s always the guy who has to spit on another’s grave just to prove how smart he is. The pattern of your comments certainly points to that.
Cut the propaganda crap om depleted Uranium. U-238 has a half life of over Four Billion Years! The radioactivity of any isotope is inversely proportional to it’s Half Life! (this is why we should be recycling nuclear wastes rather than trying to build a nuclear waste suppository that can keep them isolated for millions of years.
There is an issue with Uranium being chemically toxic like Arsenic if ingested rather than inhaled. If you or someone you know thinks that they were exposed to depleted Uranium, get tested then treated. A combination of chelating agents and dialysis can extract the Uranium from your tissues.
My use of “nuclear waste suppository” rather than “nuclear waste repository” is a jest. Get over yourselves.
…this is why we should be recycling nuclear wastes rather than trying to build a nuclear waste suppository that can keep them isolated for millions of years.
Actually, the reason for repositories for spent fuel rods is because they are not fully depleted. In order to be fully depleted, a fuel rod must be reacted to the point at which it reaches weapons-grade purity. It is deemed a security risk to react fuel rods to weapons-grade purity in civilian nuclear facilities, so the fuel rods are considered as “spent” at a point prior to reaching that level of purity. Thus, the fuel rods are still very much “hot” when they are “spent”.
I’ve always said: why not just post national guard troops at nuclear facilities, and then react the fuel rods all the way to fully depleted uranium?
In order to be fully depleted, a fuel rod must be reacted to the point at which it reaches weapons-grade purity.
A fuel rod would react to and then through the point of weapons-grade purity in order to reach a fully depleted state.
Not to be disrespectful, but your statements are technically incorrect.
Nuclear fuel rods become depleted as the U-235 in the enriched Uranium is consumed. This depletion of U-235 is accompanied by the conversion through a series of neutron capture and radioactive decays of U-238 into Plutonium. This Plutonium in turn partially offsets the depletion of the Uranium. About half the energy in a typical nuclear reactor is produced by the fission of Plutonium rather than Uranium. The Plutnium produced in a civilian power reactor is “overcooked” by remaining in the reactor for to long. Much of the fissionable Pu-239 is converted into other isotopes, most notable Pu-238 and Pu-240 which render the Plutonium useless for use in weapons. While experiments have actually proven that it is possible to use reactor waste grade Plutonium in a nuclear explosive device, such a device is about the size and mass of a railroad locomotive and derives a large fraction of its sub kiloton yield from the huge quantity of chemical explosives that would be needed to trigger it.
I repeat, the nuclear wastes should be recycled so that the Plutonium that would become weapons grade if you buried it for tens of thousands of years (actually super pure Plutonium that could be used to make thermonuclear hand grenades) can be consumed in nuclear reactors. We are doing this now with surplus, bomb grade Plutonium from the former Soviet Union that is converted into mixed oxide fuel.
No disrespect inferred. I was speaking in gross over-simplification.
The conclusion is the same, though: nuclear “waste” is only ‘waste” because we fail to react it fully.
He was a great General in knowing how to fight and how to win. His strategic knowledge and wisdom prevented the deaths of our service men and women, and he did the job he was tasked to do. But war is an awful thing, and unfortunately there are many innocents that pay the price for war. Even some of the soldiers that were Iraq’s were innocent, since many didn’t have a choice in the matter. I certainty would not want my country destroyed because my leaders acted stupidly or irresponsibly. Sound familiar? Nonetheless, no human is perfect…we all have made mistakes, did things we shouldn’t have done…and fallen short in the eyes of God. But none of us should “condemn” anyone; it’s not our right and it’s not our place. I wish him well, and by all accounts I believe him to be an honorable person. Leave the judgment part to God.
To set the record straight, I was infected with the autoimmune disease Guillain-Barre syndrome, but the spread of polio made it worthwhile to hitch my wagon… er… my wheelchair to paralytic poliomyelitis. Back then, there was no cure for either disease.
Nope. I just checked again; no General Schwarzkopf.
Godspeed to (thus far) the greatest general in my lifetime.
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