Norman Schwarzkopf

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Retired U.S. Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf was Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command and Commander of Operations of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.


War in Iraq

"General Schwarzkopf, now retired from the U.S. Army but still a commanding voice on matters relating to Iraq, said that the success of Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and the expulsion of President Saddam Hussein's troops from Kuwait was almost entirely based on the existence of a broad international coalition. He said: 'In the Gulf War we had an international force and troops from many nations. We would be lacking if we went it alone at this time.'

"He emphasised the dangers of an invasion without international consensus and military support because of the size and strength of the Iraqi Army. 'It is not going to be an easy battle but it would be much more effective if we didn't have to do it alone,' he said.

"To be effective, a US-led invasion would need launching points not only from Kuwait and Turkey, but also from Saudi Arabia, which Riyadh has so far pointedly refused, he added." August 19, 2002, The Times.

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