• Chapter 81: Looking Back

    March 21, 2016
  • I still have several more posts before I close with the final chapter of My Desert Storm which will include letters sent and received, post-war analysis, various perspectives of the war, and an answered prayer. Today I want to share what one author wrote that I wholeheartedly agree with and have been stressing from the very beginning. He is one of the sources I have used frequently from the middle of January until the cease fire to provide a broader view of the war efforts among all participants of the Coalition. After discussing whether or not the U.S. should have done more to topple the Saddam regime, or if we went too far, Richard S. Lowry wrote the following in his book, The Gulf War Chronicles:

    "While the debate over when and where the First Gulf War should have ended rages, there are some indisputable facts surrounding the history of Desert Storm. It seems that by some divine intervention, the coalition was blessed over and over again with the right person for the job."

    The author goes on the explain, "I can't think of anyone in the American government at that time who could have pulled the coalition together as did President Bush. Then, he did a superior job of holding the coalition together to finish the job. Unlike President Johnson, he had the wisdom to let his generals run the war while he focused on leading the free world and America."

    "The military couldn't have had a better secretary of Defense than Dick Cheney. Colin Powell was the voice of moderation in Bush's war counsel. He also had the perfect personality and level-headedness to manage Norman Schwarzkopf. General Schwarzkopf, while flamboyant and volatile, was the only American General with the qualifications to lead the war effort. He had extensive experience in dealing with the Saudis. He had even lived in the region for a time."

    "The American Generals leading the Army divisions and corps were all Vietnam veterans. They had all lived through the post-Vietnam Army and moved up through the ranks to become general officers. The shame of Vietnam was branded into their memories. Gary Luck, Fred Franks, Tom Rhame, Barry McCaffrey and the others did not hold back in this war. Victory was their only option."

    The Air Force component was led by two brilliant Generals. General Chuck Horner commander of CENTAF and Buster Glosson was the chief planner. While I am still of the opinion that any war cannot be won completely from the air and that boots are needed on the ground to achieve victory, Generals Horner and Glosson nearly proved me wrong in Desert Storm."

    "Certainly not last, nor least, General Walter Boomer was a brilliant and compassionate leader of the Marines in Southwest Asia. He was certainly at the top of my list of the all-time great general officers in American history, along with Washington, Andrew "Stonewall" Jackson, and George Patton."

    It's nice to know that someone else believes it was divine intervention that brought about such a quick and decisive victory.

    “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil,
    but by those who watch them without doing anything”

    ― Albert Einstein