When Success Goes Unheeded…

This Washington Post article was published on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 – about three weeks before Bush Jr‘s ill-fated “Operation Iraqi Freedom” which launched on March 20th, 2003, lasted over 13 years, and resulted in the deaths of 4,497 US military personnel.

One of the many generals urging caution was retired CENTCOM Commander H. Norman Schwarzkopf (the architect of Desert Storm’s unprecedented victory just 12 years prior).

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January 28, 2003

Former Gulf War General Schwarzkopf Skeptical About U.S. Action in Iraq

H. Norman Schwarzkopf, General, US Army

H. Norman Schwarzkopf, General, US Army

By Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 28, 2003; Page C01

TAMPA–Norman Schwarzkopf wants to give peace a chance.

The general who commanded U.S. forces in the 1991 Gulf War says he hasn’t seen enough evidence to convince him that his old comrades Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz are correct in moving toward a new war now. He thinks U.N. inspections are still the proper course to follow. He’s worried about the cockiness of the U.S. war plan, and even more by the potential human and financial costs of occupying Iraq.

And don’t get him started on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

In fact, the hero of the last Gulf War sounds surprisingly like the man on the street when he discusses his ambivalence about the Bush administration’s hawkish stance on ousting Saddam Hussein. He worries about the Iraqi leader, but would like to see some persuasive evidence of Iraq’s alleged weapons programs.

“The thought of Saddam Hussein with a sophisticated nuclear capability is a frightening thought, okay?” he says. “Now, having said that, I don’t know what intelligence the U.S. government has. And before I can just stand up and say, ‘Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we need to invade Iraq,’ I guess I would like to have better information.”

He hasn’t seen that yet, and so — in sharp contrast to the Bush administration — he supports letting the U.N. weapons inspectors drive the timetable: “I think it is very important for us to wait and see what the inspectors come up with, and hopefully they come up with something conclusive.”

This isn’t just any retired officer speaking. Schwarzkopf is one of the nation’s best-known military officers, with name recognition second only to his former boss, Secretary of State Powell. What’s more, he is closely allied with the Bush family. He hunts with the first President Bush. He campaigned for the second, speaking on military issues at the 2000 GOP convention in Philadelphia and later stumping in Florida with Cheney, who was secretary of defense during the 1991 war.

Read the complete article at The World Revolution.

article by Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writer



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