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Legacy of Desert Storm commander continues

Chad Groening   (OneNewsNow.com) Friday, January 04, 2013

A National Defense analyst and Pentagon advisor says Desert Storm Commander General Norman Schwarzkopf's legacy will be that he turned a very bad situation around and saved a lot of American lives during the 1991 invasion that expelled Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.

General Norman Schwarzkopf was known as a no-nonsense commander who had a reputed temper that earned him the nickname "Stormin Norman." Reports say that the four-star general, who died December 27 at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, never cared much for that nickname and preferred his other nickname --"The Bear."

Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.) is senior rellow for national security at the Family Research Council. He says Schwarzkopf was well suited to lead the multi-nation coalition that liberated Kuwait.

Maginnis, Bob"He certainly set an example for his subordinates. He was a bright guy who knew the Middle East. He spent years in Iran and, of course, working with the Saudis and throughout the region," he tells OneNewsNow.

"It was fortuitous for us to have a four-star general who had that sort of background -- somebody who understood the complexities of the region in order to do something. I think his legacy is that he turned a very bad situation around and saved a lot of American lives and earned a lot of prestige."

And Maginnis agrees with Schwarzkopf's assessment in 2003, that maybe it would have been prudent to go on to Baghdad in 1991, rather than limit the mission to just expelling the Iraqis from Kuwait.

"In hindsight, I think that certainly had we continued to march north that there would have been some disruptions in the international arena," he says. "But [Hussein] had already invaded one country, so there was ample justification to topple his regime for the purpose of stabilizing the region."

Maginnis says such a move could have removed the need for U.S. forces to invade Iraq in 2003.

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