My answer to Could you provide me a detailed example of military strategy?
Answer by Ken Larson:
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
No one in the last 20 years tops General Schwarzkopf. The way he led multiple allied countries to free Kuwait is reminiscent of Eisenhower in World War II.
He spent a good deal of his youth with his father as he served as ambassador to Iran. Norman Schwarzkopf developed a lifelong interest in Middle Eastern culture, understood it and led a complex mix of nations to victory over Saddam Hussein.
Having served multiple tours in Vietnam, he understood the mistakes of that war, built a force overwhelmingly capable of defeating the enemy, did so, and advised his superiors to stop short of occupation and go home. In retrospect the US should have followed his advice and left Iraq for good rather than conduct further invasions and attempts at nation building later.
General Schwarzkopf is a true American hero. You will note he came home and stayed home after freeing Kuwait.
“General Schwarzkopf was Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Forces in Operation Desert Shield, undertaken to prevent Iraq from moving against Saudi Arabia. Between August and January, he assembled 765,000 troops from 28 countries (541,000 were American), hundreds of ships, thousands of planes and tanks. When prolonged negotiations failed to dislodge Iraqi forces from Kuwait, Desert Shield became Desert Storm.
Allied forces carried out a six-week aerial bombardment of Iraq, to disrupt or destroy enemy communications, supply lines and infrastructure. Schwarzkopf feigned an amphibious landing on Kuwait, drawing the bulk of Iraqi forces and exposing their west flank to the Allied advance. Allied troops advanced quickly through Kuwait and into Iraq. With their communications destroyed, their supply lines cut and the Allies within 150 miles of Baghdad, the Iraqis began to surrender in massive numbers. Iraq accepted a cease-fire and, after only 100 hours, the ground fighting was over.”