RIP, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Via Fox News:

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career  by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s  forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over  the second Gulf War against Iraq, died Thursday. He was 78.

Schwarzkopf died in Tampa, Florida, where he had lived in retirement,  according to a U.S. official, who was not 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 served in his last military assignment in Tampa as commander-in-chief of  U.S. Central Command, the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and  security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and  Africa to Pakistan.

Schwarzkopf became "CINC-Centcom" in 1988 and when Saddam Hussein invaded  Kuwait three years later to punish it for allegedly stealing Iraqi oil reserves,  he commanded Operation Desert Storm, the coalition of some 30 countries  organized by then-President George H.W. Bush that succeeded in driving the  Iraqis out.

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