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  Tommy Franks - MSN Encarta
Tommy Franks, born in 1945, retired United States Army four-star general who led the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan that ousted the Taliban regime and its al-Qaeda allies.
Tommy R. Franks was born in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, and raised in Midland, Texas.
Franks was regarded as a “soldier’s soldier.” During the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the media often criticized him for being unavailable for questions, but his defenders said he simply sought to avoid the limelight.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_701610469/Tommy_Franks.html   (504 words)

 CNN.com - Gen. Tom Franks: A silent partner in Operation Enduring Freedom - October 24, 2001
Franks is the head of U.S. Central Command, which is one of nine U.S. combatant commands that respond directly to the defense secretary and the president.
Franks came into public view this week because he is on a weeklong tour of his command to meet with troops, commanders and leaders from the countries his command covers.
Franks is coordinating the Afghan operations from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, which is the headquarters of Central Command, or CENTCOM, as it is known.
www.cnn.com /2001/US/10/24/ret.franks   (702 words)

 Tommy Franks - dKosopedia
Franks also led the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and was commander-in-chief of the American occupation forces.
Franks was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1967 as a distinguished graduate of The U.S. Army Artillery and Missile Officer Candidate School (USAAMOCS), Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Franks, after graduation from Armed Forces Staff College, was posted to The Pentagon in 1976 where he served as an Army Inspector General in the Investigations Division.
www.dkosopedia.com /wiki/Tommy_Franks   (1416 words)

 Gen. Tommy Franks: 'George W. Bush is the Real Thing'
Franks referred to more than a dozen retired generals and admirals who had preceded him on stage to endorse the president as those who know "freedom is never free.
Franks acknowledged that the fight on terrorism will be a long fight, but said we have "hardened our defenses," and that we have taken the fight to the terrorists.
Franks said that the president did everything he could to be sure that troops would be protected from WMDs and that he has increased basic pay, improved military housing and provided stronger support for military families.
www.mensnewsdaily.com /archive/newswire/news2004/0904/090304-franks.htm   (642 words)

 Online NewsHour: Gen. Tommy Franks -- January 8, 2002
TOMMY FRANKS: My sense is that we may have, and I say that because I have - I have heard others report that we may have gained some information that permitted us to break cells.
TOMMY FRANKS: I don't know that it's a good criteria, but the criteria that I think we'll all use rather than a mathematical metric, if you will, is a criteria that's a very common sense criteria.
TOMMY FRANKS: Well, I think we decided early on that if we were to take each of the speculations that comes out and spend our time trying to describe the error of each speculation, we'd have little time to do anything else.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/terrorism/jan-june02/franks_1-8.html   (3005 words)

 Tommy Franks - George Washington   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Tommy Franks was born in 1945 and enlisted in the Army at age 20.
Franks served in Vietnam where he was wounded three times as an artillery officer.
He subsequently was placed in charge of the Second Infantry Division in South Korea, and in 2000, Franks was made a four-star general and the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Central Command, a post reminiscent of Washington’s position as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.
www.johnadams.net /cases/samples/Franks-Washington   (904 words)

 Amazon.com: American Soldier: Books: Tommy Franks,Malcolm McConnell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Franks enlisted in the army in 1965 (as I consider it, that's as long as I've been alive!) while still suffering from the effects from a hangover, brought on by a drinking bout due to general depression at failing college in Texas.
Franks is very forward with his surprise at not finding weapons of mass destruction, calling that his biggest surprise of the Iraqi war, when all intelligence, even the words of other Arab leaders, seemed to confirm this.
Franks harshest criticism is reserved for the Iraqis themselves, who he sees as wasting the opportunity to rebuild their country with their terrorism and guerilla warfare.
www.amazon.com /American-Soldier-Tommy-Franks/dp/0060731583   (4263 words)

 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient General Tommy R. Franks
Paul Bremer III, Tommy R. Franks, and George J. Tenet in a ceremony at the White House on December 14, 2004.
Tommy Ray Franks (born June 17, 1945) is a retired General in the United States Army, previously serving as the Commander-in-Chief of United States Central Command, overseeing American military operations in a 25-country region, including the Middle East.
Franks was born in Wynnewood, Oklahoma but grew up in Texas, attending the same high school as Laura Bush in Midland.
www.medaloffreedom.com /TommyFranks.htm   (829 words)

 Alex Jones Presents Infowars.com to Fight the New World Order --Cigar Aficionado's Interview with General Tommy Franks
Franks: I don't recall the exact words, Marvin, but it would be a very businesslike conversation that would have been along the lines of form of concept for operations in Afghanistan and "bring it to me as quickly as you can." It would have been something very businesslike.
Franks: No. The timing of the operation which started on the seventh of October, less than a month after 9/1 1-was such that it was operationally overwhelming to the Taliban.
Franks: I guess, maybe people haven't asked as much as they've speculated, that the strike against the leadership targets on the first night of the war, which was a place we call [Dora] Fanns, had desynchronized the activities, or done things out of sequence.
infowars.com /print/ps/franks.htm   (12054 words)

 CNN.com - Tommy Franks in row over wife - Feb. 5, 2003
U.S. Army General Tommy Franks is being investigated by the Pentagon amid claims of possible abuses of office involving his wife.
Sources have told CNN that Franks, the man who would lead U.S. forces in the event of a military strike on Iraq, faces several allegations -- including one that he allowed his wife, Cathy, to be present during discussions of highly classified material.
Franks, the head of U.S. Central Command, has been under investigation for weeks by the Pentagon inspector general's office.
edition.cnn.com /2003/US/02/05/franks.wife   (454 words)

 Tommy Franks fast and flexible   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The intelligence windfall presented Franks with the kind of dilemma that has surfaced repeatedly in two weeks of a war being fought with speed and skill rather than banking on the Army's traditional ponderous force.
Franks' decision to hurl the Army's 3rd Infantry and his Marine units deep into Iraq in the war's opening days was a daring reversal of War Plan 1003, a document that had been on the shelf until Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld told Franks to get ready for campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11.
But some of Franks' own commanders have joined a chorus of critics who suggest that U.S. forces are dangerously overextended and have outrun their supplies.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /opinion/115748_hoagland04.shtml   (829 words)

 The Truth Seeker - Who is General Tommy Franks?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Franks has been mentioned as the man who will govern Iraq in the event that U.S. and British military forces occupy the Middle Eastern state of some 25 million people.
Franks is said to be the only child of Ray, a Wynnewood, Okla., construction worker, and Lorene, a seamstress and homemaker.
Franks collected three Purple Hearts in Vietnam although how he was injured is not a matter of public record.
www.thetruthseeker.co.uk /print.asp?ID=562   (649 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Profile: General Tommy Franks
Observers commended General Franks for making dramatic use of US special operations forces in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and for preferring the tactic of speed of movement rather than amassing overwhelming force, a tactic which enabled Baghdad to be taken in only three weeks.
This was despite recent claims that General Franks was being investigated by the Pentagon for abuses of office involving his wife, Cathy, claims for which he was eventually cleared.
He was alleged to have allowed her to be present during the discussion of highly classified material and to have failed to have properly reimbursed the US government for her travel on military aircraft.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/americas/1647358.stm   (690 words)

 Alex Jones Presents Infowars.com to Fight the New World Order --Tommy Franks: Martial Law Will Replace Constitution ...
Franks, who successfully led the U.S. military operation to liberate Iraq, expressed his worries in an extensive interview he gave to the men's lifestyle magazine Cigar Aficionado.
Franks then offered “in a practical sense” what he thinks would happen in the aftermath of such an attack.
Franks said that within hours of the attacks, he was given orders to prepare to root out the Taliban in Afghanistan and to capture bin Laden.
infowars.com /print/ps/franks_martial.htm   (801 words)

 General Tommy Franks
Tommy Franks was born June 17, 1945, in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, to Ray and Lorene Franks.
General Franks and his wife, Cathryn Carley Franks, have one daughter who is married to a military officer and three grandchildren.
Franks was promoted to four-star general by Army Gen. Hugh Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, immediately before the change-of-command ceremony at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel's Grand Ballroom.
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 The Truth Seeker - Who is General Tommy Franks?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
After serving in Vietnam, Franks was selected to participate in the Army's "Boot Strap Degree Completion Program," and subsequently attended the University of Texas, Arlington, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1971.
After a long career in the army, Franks, who is an artillery specialist, was promoted to general by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and placed in charge of Central Command, which is responsible for the entire Middle East area.
Although it has been said that Franks is of Russian Jewish extraction, the son or grandson of Khazar Jewish refugees from the Soviet Union, like Gen. Wesley Kanne Clark (who was raised as a Protestant in Little Rock), the religious and ethnic background of Tommy Franks is simply not known.
www.thetruthseeker.co.uk /article.asp?ID=562   (1489 words)

 Harding University - News & Events
Until his retirement in August 2003, Franks was responsible for all U.S. military operations for 25 countries in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East.
A true war hero, Franks served during some of the most difficult times in U.S. military history, including the attack on the USS Cole, Sept. 11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Franks served two tours in West Germany and spent the time between the two at the Armed Forces Staff College and the Pentagon.
www.harding.edu /NEWS_2004/news_Franks.html   (540 words)

 Online NewsHour: Gen. Tommy Franks Discusses His Republican Convention Address -- September 2, 2004
TOMMY FRANKS: Phase one, as a part of -- oh, the discussion of him in Vietnam, I really, I don't take a stand.
TOMMY FRANKS: I think people were with him on both sides of the equation.
TOMMY FRANKS: Let me say that comments that do not add to the situation of the people who are continuing to serve, I do not receive favorably.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/military/july-dec04/franks_09-02.html   (2083 words)

 Franks Retirement-The Real Story
John Abizaid on Frank’s staff as his “deputy,” but in reality the charismatic general was really there to step in quickly if Franks faltered in his leadership of the Iraq war.
However, Tommy Franks, the plain-spoken Vietnam vet with three Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat, led a brilliant campaign that exceeded all expectations.
By being a soldier, first, last and always, and by his silence and dignity in the face of a humiliating slap across the face, Gen. Franks showed he was a far better man than the “smiling crocodile” who tried to slap him down.
www.militarycorruption.com /franks3.htm   (716 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | General Tommy Franks
General Franks is notionally responsible only to the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, and to the commander-in-chief, President Bush.
Franks' evidence to Congress on the role of Central Command
Franks' testimony on the attack on USS Cole
www.guardian.co.uk /waronterror/story/0,1361,590822,00.html   (566 words)

 TIME.com: Person of the Week: Gen. Tommy Franks -- Page 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Franks started out in 1967 as a second lieutenant out of Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; he got his first combat experience as an artillery officer in Vietnam, where he was wounded three times.
Now, the tip of Franks' spear is lodged in Paktia province, where lots of sand and snow as well as rain storms and fog are making air support impossible.
Franks has mostly steered clear of the news media and stuck to the inside of his war room at CENTCOM headquarters at Fort MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, letting Rumsfeld be his front man and press-jouster.
www.time.com /time/nation/article/0,8599,216117,00.html   (680 words)

 Is Gen. Tommy Franks Out?
Franks was assigned a bodyguard and an officer as “gofer” to “run errands.” Oh yes, she “might” have flown illegally on military aircraft.
But poor Tommy Franks has one foot on a banana peel already as he senses his days in the spotlight are numbered.
Franks has done a damn good job considering what he had to accomplish.
www.militarycorruption.com /franksout.htm   (646 words)

 American Soldier: by General Tommy R. Franks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
General Tom Franks embodies those qualities: strength, experience, a keen mind, energy, honor, good humor, and a deep loyalty to his troops and to his country.
In this riveting memoir, General Franks retraces his journey from a small-town boyhood in Oklahoma and Midland, Texas, through a lifetime of military service -- including his heroic tour as an Artillery officer in Vietnam, where he was wounded three times.
Franks describes the covert diplomacy that helped him secure international cooperation for the war, and reveals the role of foreign leaders -- and a critical double agent code-named "April Fool" -- in the most successful military deception since D-Day in 1944.
www.harpercollins.com /book/index.aspx?isbn=9780060731588   (757 words)

 Tommy Franks: War of Words   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Tommy Franks, a retired general and former commander in chief of the Central Command, is the author of "American Soldier." He is a member of Veterans for Bush
Tommy Franks is making a lot of friends on the right side of the abll and I'm one of them.
Frank's was on CNN the evening of the first debate saying the exact same thing about sKerry's Tora Bora statement is wrong.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1249918/posts   (2853 words)

 Text: Remarks by Retired General Tommy Franks to the Republican National Convention (washingtonpost.com)
FRANKS: We see pride in the faces of a new Iraqi Army as they begin to protect their new freedoms.
FRANKS: And, ladies and gentlemen, I would ask you to join me in saying thanks to coalition partners for being there when America and the world needed them.
FRANKS: This is a commander in chief who is compassionate as he is courageous.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A57264-2004Sep2.html   (1387 words)

 General Tommy Franks, He's Number One? | TPMCafe
Tommy Franks won the chutzpah award today when he showed up on television to criticize the six Generals who have called for Don Rumsfeld's resignation.
FRANKS: I would put the dipstick at oh -- with a reasonable degree of understanding, I would put Doug Feith in a category as a brilliant man with some military understanding, but both of these gentlemen were apt to think out of the box.
Franks could not see the urgency of finishing off Bin Laden because he was too fixiated on servicing the derrier of Don Rumsfeld and George Bush.
www.tpmcafe.com /node/28859   (11306 words)

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