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
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
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.
"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
"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.