Despite all this, Schwarzkopf somehow managed to stay above the fray.
In 1996, Schwarzkopf said that there was “no chemical exposure [to Gulf War veterans] at all that I know of.”
Schwarzkopf told The New York Times that he had “absolutely no idea why there are missing parts from [the log].”
Powell and Schwarzkopf thus contented themselves with two Iraqi generals, and Bush did not insist on anything more.
Schwarzkopf did at least suggest in 1997 that there was a possibility that Gulf War veterans were exposed to chemical agents.