General Norman Schwarzkopf, architect of the 1991 Gulf War that expelled Iraqi troops from Kuwait, has died, AP reports. He was 78.
A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as "Stormin' Norman" for a notoriously explosive temper.
He lived in retirement in Tampa, FL, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command. That is the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.
While Schwarzkopf has been hailed as a brilliant military strategist, his Gulf War leadership has come in for some revisionist history. In his new book, "The Generals," Thomas Ricks criticizes Schwarzkopf and then-Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell for not properly aligning military power to achieve policy aims. Ricks chides the generals for allowing Saddam Hussein's Republican Guards divisions to escape back into Iraq at the end of the war.