I was a kid during Desert Storm. I would run home from school to watch his briefings, he was sort-of the quintessential “comic book” military commander, imposing, snappy yet likeable. General “Stormin Norman” Schwarzkopf, whose real nickname was “Bear,” was a seriously cunning military strategist and commander and a true patriot. Operation Desert Storm was the result of over a decade and a half of fixing what went wrong in Vietnam. The Powell Doctrine, clear objectives and an exit strategy were all hallmarks of that successful campaign. Sadly, a decade later we somehow thought that our technology, intelligence, and exceptionalism would somehow make those hard learned lessons and proven strategies no longer worthwhile to uphold in regards to the Global War On Terror. General Schwarzkopf and Bush Sr. knew damn well that going all the way to Baghdad would have been a bloody and long endured mistake, and it turns out they were very right.