A great man died yesterday. And we’ll probably never see his like again.
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf died from complications of pneumonia after a long illness at his home in Tampa, where he lived in retirement after refusing to exploit his fame to enter the immoral and treasonous world of politics.
Given the fact that his death coincides with one of the great acts of pathetic stupidity of all of human history – the fiscal cliff – his decision not to contaminate his love for America with the ultimate cynicism that is politics was clearly a wise one.
When you consider how Obama’s fiscal cliff strategy – because, yes, the sequestration that led to this moment was the product of the Obama White House - will have on the United States military, it is probably a good thing that Stormin’ Norman was saved from having to watch Obama gut his beloved military machine:
“Forward” is a great slogan and everything, but the only way Obama is going to take America “forward” is to drive us off the fiscal cliff that was his bright idea to create in the first place (and see here for more because Obama set this disaster up from the very start). The fact of the matter is that it is a documented fact by one of the great journalists in American history that the idea for sequestration – i.e. the “fiscal cliff” or “taxmageddon” – came from Obama’s chief of staff Jack Lew and Rob Nabors (Obama’s White House Assistant to the President and head of the White House’s Office of Legislative Affairs). The money quote:
“At 2:30 p.m. Lew and Nabors went to the Senate to meet with Reid and his chief of staff, David Krone. ‘We have an idea for the trigger,’ Lew said. ‘What’s the idea?’ Reid asked skeptically. ‘Sequestration.’ Reid bent down and put his head between his knees, almost as if he were going to throw up or was having a heart attack. He sat back up and looked at the ceiling. ‘A couple of weeks ago,’ he said, ‘my staff said to me that there is one more possible’ enforcement mechanism: sequestration. He said he told them, ‘Get the hell out of here. That’s insane. The White House surely will come up with a plan that will save the day. And you come to me with sequestration?’ Well, it could work, Lew and Nabors explained. What would the impact be? They would design it so that half the threatened cuts would be from the Defense Department. ‘I like that,’ Reid said. ‘That’s good. It doesn’t touch Medicaid or Medicare, does it?’ It actually does touch Medicare, they replied. ‘How does it touch Medicare?’ It depends, they said. There’s versions with 2 percent cuts, and there’s versions with 4 percent cuts.” (Bob Woodward, The Price Of Politics, 2012, pp. 326)
So anybody who wants to assert that sequestration originated ANYWHERE other than the Obama White House is a documented liar. Not that liberals care about being documented liars.
Jack Lew was Obama’s chief of staff and Rob Nabors was Obama’s Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. Lew and Nabors were Obama’s roaches who served Obama’s bidding. And they first negoiated this fiscal cliff deal with Democrat Harry Reid and his roaches before forcing the House Republicans to sign on or be labelled “obstructionists.” And so, yes, the fiscal cliff was Obama’s dream that he made come true.
And that destruction of the US military will spread through the entire defense industry, with 2 million more jobs about to fall prey to his savage attack against America.
Obama’s own handpicked Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, warned that Obama’s sequestration would forcibly return America to pre-World War II spending levels. Which was why the Japanese attacked us. But Obama has already publicly vowed to veto ANY bill that spared the military.
America will never rise to true might again after this blow which will be even greater than the one Schwarzkopf inflicted on the Iraq military machine. Which is why I’m glad Stormin’ Norman didn’t have to live to see the new year under the grip of the president of God damn America.
Norman Schwarzkopf was a man who was literally born to serve his nation at the ultimate moment. He grew up in Iran (his father went there to train Iran’s national police force and served as an adviser to the young Shah, Reza Pahlavi). And he had the insight to understand that his destiny was tied to that turbulent and violent region. He had his choice of commands – and many of his alternative possibilities looked better on paper at the time – but he wanted and got the U.S. Central Command – which was responsible for the Middle East.
Gen. Schwarzkopf was a man of vision: he wargamed out the EXACT scenario that in fact took place, as Saddam Hussein attacked Kuwait out of lust for that small nation’s wealth and oil resources.
Because of General Schwarzkopf, America did not have to scramble; the commanding general was ready to go the moment Saddam’s thugs violated Kuwait’s borders.
People don’t remember how huge his 100 hour land war truly was. Liberals, ever wrong, predicted a blood bath as Saddam Hussein prepared for World War One-style trench warfare and promised “the mother of all battles” and his desire to inflict massive casualties on the American-led coalition. Stormin’ Norman had other plans, and delivered the military equivalent of a vicious punch right to the nose of Saddam’s military – which at that time was the fourth largest military power in the world and which was armed to the teeth with Soviet weaponry. No one short of God knows how many American and coalition lives Schwarzkopf spared due to his strategic and tactical brilliance.
Schwarzkopf’s character and courage marks a stark contrast with the leaders that mark God damn America today. And I honor this great man and celebrate his great victory back when the Late Great USA could actually win a damn war.
I can’t take away your loss and grief, Schwarzkopf family. But I can remind you that your pain ought to be accompanied by a feeling of great pride for a great man.