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Tuesday, February 11, 2003



Now He's Stormin' Norman

Retired General Schwarzkopf created a bit of a stir prior to the State of the Union address with a WaPo interview that was widely taken as "give peace a chance". However, as we suggested would happen in this space, he has since rejoined the Bush team, based on his "Meet The Press" appearance:

MR. RUSSERT: General Schwarzkopf, let me show you what you had said to The Washington Post two weeks ago and get the sense of your current thinking. “Norman Schwarzkopf wants to give peace a chance. The general who commanded U.S. forces in the 1991 Gulf War says he hasn’t seen enough evidence to convince him that his old comrades Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz are correct in moving toward a new war now. He thinks U.N. inspections are still the proper course to follow. He’s worried about the cockiness of the U.S. war plan, and even more by the potential human and financial costs of occupying Iraq.” Is that still your current thinking?

GEN. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF: No, I don’t any so, not anymore. I think that given the information that’s come forward, particularly Colin’s presentation to the Security Council, I am sort of with the other 72 percent of the American people that said that I found it very compelling and I found it a very, very good rationale.


Peggy Noonan continues to hold out.

UPDATE: NO, she has converted!


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