General “Stormin Norman” Schwarzkopf born August 22, 1934


God With Us

General  Schwarzkopf.American Minute with Bill Federer

Born AUGUST 22, 1934, he served in Vietnam, commanded the U.S. forces in Grenada and Desert Storm, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and knighted by the Queen of England.

This was four-star General “Stormin Norman” Schwarzkopf.

In an interview regarding the Gulf War, General Norman Schwarzkopf of Central Command (CENTCOM), stated:

“I asked for my principle staff to meet me in the war room down in the basement, a half an hour before `H hour’…

I read them the message…And then I asked the chaplain to say a prayer, and then I played `God Bless the USA’…

I think it characterized the pride that all of us have in our profession, and in what we were, and there’s a line in there that says

‘I would proudly stand next to you, and defend her still today’

and that’s what it was all about. And I said,

‘Now, we all know what we need to do. Now let’s get on with it.’”

In a Meet the Press interview with Tim Russert of NBC News, February 8, 2003, General Norman Schwarzkopf remarked:

“‘What do we do with Osama bin Laden?’…they asked me, ‘Can we forgive him?’

And I said ‘Forgiveness is up to God. I just hope we hurry up the meeting.’ And that’s the way I feel about him, really.”

Having acknowledged during an interview, in 1991, that he kept a Bible by his bed, General Schwarzkopf was asked if he had a favorite verse. He replied:

“Actually, it’s a prayer of St. Francis: “Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.”

On December 22, 1990, President George H.W. Bush was asked by the press:

“There continues to be reports that American servicemen are not being allowed to wear American flag patches on their uniforms. There continues to be restrictions by the Saudis on religious materials.”

President Bush responded:

“I’ve discussed this with our commanding General, H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and I am satisfied that our young men and women over there will be able to do what every other American family will be doing-thanking God for our many blessings at Christmas.”

In a 1991 interview with David Frost, General Schwarzkopf described an extreme flanking maneuver to cut off the Iraqi retreat:

“When my forward commander radioed that they had reached the Euphrates River…I waited…

‘General,’ he said, ‘I’ve got to tell you about the casualties.’

I braced myself.

‘One man was slightly wounded.’

That’s when I knew God was with us.”

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