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Friday, December 28, 2012

Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf


Norman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012) graduated from West Point and rose through the ranks of the US Army eventually becoming a four-star General.  He was the Commander of the allied invasion of Iraq in 1991. His nickname to the public was “Stormin Normin”, the men under his command simply called him “The Bear”.
In an interview, Schwarzkopf was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America. His answer: "I believe that forgiving them is God's function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting.”

Other quotes attributed to Schwarzkopf include:

“Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.”

“True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that's what courage is.”

“It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

“You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.”

“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

"The mothers and fathers of America will give you their sons and daughters...with the confidence in you that you will not needlessly waste their lives. And you dare not. That's the burden the mantle of leadership places upon you. You could be the person who gives the orders that will bring about the deaths of thousands and thousands of young men and women. It is an awesome responsibility. You cannot fail. You dare not fail..."

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

“When placed in command - take charge.”

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

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.”

“Success is sweet, but the secret is sweat.”

“War is a profane thing.”

"I feel that retired generals should never miss an opportunity to remain concerning matters for which they are no longer responsible."
 
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