General Tommy Franks in Parade Magazine

August 2nd, 2004  
Airborne Eagle

Topic: General Tommy Franks in Parade Magazine

This Sunday, Parade featured an interview with General Tommy Franks. For those not aware, Gen Franks led the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He abandoned the "Powell Doctrine" of using overwhelming force to defeat the enemy. His philosophy was based on speed and precision guided munitions. Smaller maneuvering units, special forces troops, air supremacy, etc.

The full interview won't be available until Aug 9th (when Parade updates their archives). Here's a snippet:


NEW YORK In an interview to be published this Sunday in Parade magazine, Gen. Tommy Franks, former commander of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, expresses what the magazine calls a number of "blistering opinions."

Franks, according to Parade, "believes that five years is a realistic timeline for the U.S. to be involved in Iraq." Asked why Osama bin Laden was still at large, Franks replied tens of thousands of Arab families would happily take in Osama as their hero. Frank says the U.S. will eventually nab him "even though was don't have enough sources on the ground."

Indulging in what the magazine calls "a bit of score-settling," Franks says: "I never received a single page of actionable intelligence from Richard Clarke." He also says his biggest surprise of the Iraq war was the failure to find weapons of mass destruction which he flatly adds was "the reason we went to war."

His book, "American Soldier," will be published next week.

Franks defends starting the war with a smaller force which "gave the U.S. an element of surprise." The only people surprised by Baghdad's quick fall, he observes, were the "cable news folks, like al-Jazeera and CNN."

As for the occupation of Iraq, it has gone "as I expected, not as I had hoped." Both Americans and Iraqis were overly optimistic about the postwar phase. Flooding the country with money to employ "angry young Iraqis" might have helped, he says.

While expressing disappointment with the Iraqis for choosing looting and insurgency over "pulling themselves together to reform their country," Franks also faults the international community. He reveals that he expected 150,000 troops would join the U.S. effort, which never happened.

Parade writer Lyric Wallwork Winik interviewed Franks earlier this month in Norfolk, Va. Since retiring in July 2003 he has given 100 speeches, with fees topping out at $100,000, the magazine says.

The entire article is worth reading. I saved the paper and will note other points he made (such as America should stop "beating itself up" over Iraq and just get on with helping the Iraqis).
August 2nd, 2004  
While expressing disappointment with the Iraqis for choosing looting and insurgency over "pulling themselves together to reform their country,"
I find this strip in the text interesting - Unconfirmed sources have stated that the looting of the gouvernmental buildings in Bagdad was an act of well planed intelligence work. "C.I.A" or French including German intelligences might have been involved to send so called looter teams with embassy members of diplomatic corps in to these buildings to destroy important documents and archives that would have made the world community bolt away.

I wonder if there is anybody else that have stumbled over this information? Well I donīt think Saddam Hussein will face a trial. He will probably die with the secrets of different multinational companies that have broken the different resolutions, treaties and sanctions and they have just washed their hands clean with this "looting" storys and even if Saddam Hussein would survive a trial all evidence would be destroyed and he would probably never get the chance to tell the rest of the world what really happend after 1991 Gulf War.

There are several Iraqis that have told the press and the free press that their behaviour after Bagdad fellt to the US forces was not I repeat not normal for the people in general. And if this is true with the looting of these different intelligence guided looter teams well then I think if not US is involved that other countrys that have strongly and harsh criticized US attack to think again. Well If Saddam Hussein dies the truth about that story will go down with him.

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