Sunday, August 22, 2004

Schwarzkopf on Character and… an Old Acquaintance

Today is the 70th birthday of Norman Schwarzkopf, the U.S. army general who said:
Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.

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

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.

And concerning the man who called himself the modern-day Saladdin:
As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he's a great military man. I want you to know that.

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