Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf said Friday he apologized to President Bush for suggesting in an interview that he disagreed with Bush's decision to call a cease-fire in the Persian Gulf war.
Schwarzkopf, commander of U.S. forces in the gulf, told reporters he supported Bush's decision to end the war "100 percent."The general seemed eager to repair any differences with Bush as quickly as possible after the interview with David Frost on PBS Wednesday night.
"I apologize to the president. I said I am extremely sorry that a poor choice of words on my part in any way would result in dishonor cast upon you," Schwarzkopf said a day after he spoke on the telephone with Bush.
"He's my commander-in-chief and he said, `I'm telling you, just forget it. It's not important.'
"Since he's my boss and he told me to forget it, I'm going to forget it."
Schwarzkopf made the impromptu remarks to reporters Friday after visiting the Joint Information Bureau of the U.S. Central Command.
On Thursday, Bush called Schwarzkopf and told him "this is much ado about nothing," according to deputy presidential press secretary Roman Popadiuk.
The spokesman said Bush assured the general that "they're on the same wavelength and that this is one of those little irritants that shouldn't, you know, become any big thing."
Friday, Schwarzkopf said, "If I could do the whole thing all over again, I know I would change the word `recommend' to say `we initially planned.' Because that's what it was.
"Generals aren't in the business of commenting on the correctness or incorrectness of the president's decisions," he said. "Anybody who thinks he should be able to do that ought to be fired on the spot.
"I agreed 100 percent with the decision, and I think it was a correct decision," he added.