Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

He served in Vietnam and commanded the U.S. invasion of Grenada. A four-star general, he was commander in Desert Storm. After the war, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and knighted by the Queen of England. His name: Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, born this day, Aug. 22, 1934. In an interview, he described an extreme flanking maneuver to cut off the Iraqi retreat: “When my forward commander radioed that they had reached the Euphrates River … I waited. … ‘General,’ he said, ‘I’ve got to tell you about the casualties.’ I braced myself. ‘One man was slightly wounded.’ That’s when I knew God was with us.”