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Norman Schwarzkopf

Data de nascimento: 22. Agosto 1934
Data de falecimento: 27. Dezembro 2012
Outros nomes:Norman Schwarzkopf mlajši, H. Norman Schwarzkopf

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Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. foi um general do Exército dos Estados Unidos, que em 1991 comandou as forças de coalizão internacional na Operação Tempestade no Deserto, na Guerra do Golfo, contra o Iraque de Saddam Hussein.

À frente de um exército de 500 mil homens, majoritariamente de norte-americanos mas também formado por sauditas, britânicos, franceses e egípcios entre outros, sob os auspícios da ONU, Schwarzkopf liderou a invasão do Kuwait em janeiro de 1991 para libertar o país da ocupação efetuada pelas tropas iraquianas em agosto do ano anterior.

Em seis semanas, as forças da coalizão expulsaram as tropas iraquianas provocando pesadas baixas entre elas e devolveram o Kuwait a seus governantes.

Reformado do exército em 1991, escreveu sua autobiografia, It Doesn't Take a Hero, publicada em 1992.

O general faleceu em 27 de dezembro de 2012 em Tampa e a causa da morte foi complicações por pneumonia.

Citações Norman Schwarzkopf

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„As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist: He is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier.“

—  Norman Schwarzkopf
Context: As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist: He is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he's a great military man. Gulf War briefing (28 February 1991), as quoted in "WAR IN THE GULF: Commander's Briefing; Excerpts From Schwarzkopf News Conference on Gulf War" in The New York Times

„A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers.“

—  Norman Schwarzkopf
Context: A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for. As quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Vol. 110, Issues 5 (1991 Feb 11), p. 32

„Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.“

—  Norman Schwarzkopf
Context: A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for. As quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Vol. 110, Issues 5 (1991 Feb 11), p. 32

„When placed in command — take charge.“

—  Norman Schwarzkopf
Quoted in "Leadership" (2007) by David M. Atkinson, p. 42

„The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.“

—  Norman Schwarzkopf
Quoted in The Daily Book of Positive Quotations (2008) by Linda Picone, p. 326

„True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job.“

—  Norman Schwarzkopf
As quoted in Pocket Patriot : Quotes from American Heroes (2005) by Kelly Nickell, p. 53

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„I believe that forgiving them is God's function. Our job is to arrange the meeting.“

—  Norman Schwarzkopf
As quoted in I Fail to Miss Your Point (2007) by Jim O'Bryon, p. 409