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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Feith as the dumbest guy on the planet

Franks emerges from retirement with new book: "Franks emerges from retirement with new book
August 8, 2004

Gen. Tommy Franks is coming to town -- in a flurry of controversy.
The retired boss of U.S. Central Command and the chief architect of both the Afghanistan and Iraq military campaigns has just published American Soldier (ReganBooks, $27.95), and it is striking sparks inside the Beltway. He criticizes Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld's management style, attacks Rumsfeld aide Douglas Feith 'as getting a reputation around here as the dumbest guy on the planet' and delivers lesser thumps to fellow Rumsfeld aide Paul Wolfowitz, Sec. of State Colin Powell and Deputy Sec. of State Richard Armitage.
Moreover, he admits that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and says the 'mission accomplished' idea that resulted in George W. Bush's aircraft carrier landing was his. He also dismisses the popular notion that Osama bin Laden is a coward, warning that this is one enemy who should never be underestimated.
Gen. Franks will discuss and sign the book at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at Borders, 1500 16th, Oak Brook. "