Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf passed away thursday from complications from pneumonia, he was only 78 years old. Schwarzkopf gained national celebrity status during the Gulf War. He was the primary architect of a strategy that led to what can arguably be called the greatest lopsided defeat in a major war in modern history. But that’s not what I and many others liked about this guy the most.
Schwarzkopf could have used his fame to run for office, maybe even President, and he would have had a terrific chance of winning. He chose not to, demonstrating the sincerest appreciation of civilian command of the military and the most noble of democratic virtues. Every Presidential wanna-bee likes to pretend they’re willing to serve a stint as leader, at great sacrifice, not because they want to, but only because the people demand it and because no one else can do it like they could. A claim made most recently and cynically by the Romney clan.
The Romney’s, and anyone else tempted to falsely claim that mantle, should pause and take note: General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was the real red, white, and blue American deal.