Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7880 posts, RR: 8 Reply 4, posted (11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1422 times:
This man is the clear definition of what a General is supposed to be. While a lot can be written about him him and how he so overshadows some of our recent Generals all I can do is wish him peace and send my thoughts to his family.
venus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1200 times:
He flew on my plane as a passenger along with SECDOD Cheney and CJCS Powell when I was stationed at Andrews to Saudi Arabia to explain to the King what would happen if Saddam Hussein decided to come further south. Had no clue then who was the big 4 star with the rest of the brass on that jet.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12968 posts, RR: 79 Reply 11, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1185 times:
RIP to a fine general.
A tough call, the first Gulf War, a leap into the unknown, first large scale US military action since Vietnam - with all the uncertainly and worry that came with that.
A large and in places fragile coalition to hold together.
'Stormin Norman' looked like a sometimes unflattering caricature of a US General, appearances were very deceptive though. He had the political and diplomatic smarts to match his obvious military ones.
He could also handle the press well too.
Wasn't afraid to change his views as well, he was not a fan of Special Forces at first, prior to the fighting, after the Gulf conflict he was a welcome guest at both Hereford Barracks here and no doubt, the similar SF establishments in the US too.
ME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13877 posts, RR: 26 Reply 14, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1070 times:
He and General de la Billière did a great service to the Arab World, and in a way also to Europe. The two men carried through a decision of the League of Arab States, and were an excellent team. Just imagine that they brought together troops from the USA, Britain, France, Italy, Egypt and Syria for joint action.