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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Gen. Tommy Franks

I got this e-mail today regarding Tommy Franks. I heard him on the Sean Hannity show last week. He was great:

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004 10 a. m. EDT
Gen. Franks: Iraq Had WMD in 2003

NewsMax. com's Fr. Mike Reilly was on hand Tuesday when Gen. Tommy
Franks, former head of the U. S. Central Command, launched the tour for
his new book, "American Soldier," and picked up some stunning quotes
from the man who led American troops to victory in Iraq.

Jordan's King Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak personally
assured Gen. Tommy Franks that Iraq possessed weapons of mass
destruction less than two months before the U. S.'s attack, the former
Centcom Commander revealed on Tuesday.

"The Jordanians have reliable intelligence and sources in Iraq that say,
in fact, that Saddam Hussein has biological and chemical weapons,"
Franks said King Abdullah told him.
The Jordanian king passed the WMD intelligence on to Franks during a
face-to-face meeting in January 2003.

The one-time top military man revealed King Abdullah's comments to ABC
Radio Network host Sean Hannity, who interviewed Franks for his debut
book signing at Huntington, N. Y.'s Book Revue.
A warning from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was even stronger,
Franks said.

In "American Soldier" the ex-Centcom chief quotes Mubarak saying,
"You've got to be very, very careful, general. We have spoken with
Saddam Hussein. He is a madman. He has weapons of mass destruction,
biological weapons. And he will use them against your troops."
"A number of other leaders in the Mideast told us he had them, too,"
Franks told Hannity, adding, "If you were president of the United
States, could you avoid paying attention to that?"


The capacity crowd cheered when Hannity announced: "How about Tommy
Franks for president? I'll tell you there'll be no more terrorism."
"We don't want our kids to fight," Franks told Hannity. "But sometimes
they have to fight and when they do, we have to support them," he added,
before saluting two servicemen in uniform standing in the back of the
room.

"It doesn't take a lot of bravery for the general," Franks told the
crowd, "but it takes a lot of bravery by guys like those standing right
there."

The Iraq war commander, who calls himself a political independent, said
he wasn't ready to announce which candidate he's backing in this year's
presidential election. But he told Hannity, "I'm leaning towards George
W. Bush."

Asked about Sen. John Kerry, Gen. Franks responded that because of the
war on terror, America now needs its military more than it has in
decades. "And we just need to ask ourselves, 'Is Senator Kerry going to
be very respectful of the military of our country?'"

But he took umbrage at Kerry's decision to protest the Vietnam War while
U. S. troops were still in harm's way.
"I guess at the end of the day John Kerry will have to live with
himself," the former Centcom chief said.

Gen. Franks also took issue with conspiracy filmmaker Michael Moore, who
recently challenged Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly to say whether
he would send his son off to "die for Fallujah."

U. S. troops, said Franks, "are not there to die for Fallujah; they're
there to protect the United States of America."


(emphasis mine)

1 Comments:

Blogger ALa said...

I am glad that you finally made the leap into the very addictive blog-world! I look forward to reading your page!

August 10, 2004 at 10:14 PM  

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