Saying Goodbye to an Iconic American

Yesterday the world learned of the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf. The General was an American who walked in the same path as other great American military commanders like Washington, Patton, and MacArthur just to name a few.

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The General visits 1st Combat Comm

Most remembered for his role in the defeat of the forces of Saddam Hussein in the 1991 Gulf War, there was more to the General than just an excellent grasp of tactics. General Schwarzkopf was a true leader. From charging into a minefield to rescue wounded troops in Vietnam to personally seeing to it that US troops in Saudi Arabia had boots that were comfortable to wear the General took care of his men. He was a commander, but never an elitist. If you were under his expansive command, you had the impression he cared about you even if you never had the honor of meeting him.

The General left America with many examples on how true Patriots should live. On what leaders are really made of. While a life in politics was his for the taking the General decided to follow the steps of General MacArthur and fade into obscurity. I wonder if his leadership would have made a difference had he chosen to enter the political arena? On the other hand I wonder if maybe he realized that America had already metastasized politically and there was nothing more for him to do.

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