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THE REAL STORY WHY TOMMY FRANKS
TOOK EARLY RETIREMENT – RUMSFELD
“DISSED” THE GENERAL’S WIFE – I.G.
LEAK MEANT TO SHOW “WHO’S BOSS”
FRANKS TOO FINE A GENTLEMAN, TOO
GREAT A SOLDIER TO SPEAK OUT
AGAINST “MACHIAVELLIAN” TACTICS


First you have to understand this – there is no love lost between Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and now retired Centcom leader, Gen. Tommy Franks.

Not after a brass-knuckles demonstration of Rumsfeld’s “Machiavellian” tactics earlier this year, when the much-admired Franks was humiliated by a “designated leak” to the news media that he was under investigation by the Inspector General’s Office because his wife may have “sat in” on a sensitive staff meeting!

“We’re used to his bully tactics around here,” said an Army colonel at the Pentagon,” but the sheer brutality of what Rumsfeld did, proves to us that this man wants to be sure to let everyone know who’s boss.

None of the officers who dared to speak with us at MilitaryCorruption.com would go on record about the much-feared defense chief, but they had plenty to say about Rumsfeld’s style of management.

A “CALCULATED” LEAK

“First of all, if anyone believes that leak was an accident, they ought to have their head examined. It was done to teach Tommy Franks a lesson in humility. But the person who needs humility the most is the man who ‘dissed’ the general’s wife, Cathy. That was a cheap shot, no matter which way you look at it. And while Gen. Franks is too fine a gentleman and too great a soldier to publicly complain, he’s retired now, and we all are waiting for his book.”

Sources tell us that Rumsfeld, while proclaiming to an adoring press that he had “full confidence” in his Centcom general, actually engineered the “leak” to show his displeasure at a NEWSWEEK article that showed Franks in an extremely good light.

“Rummy doesn’t want any of his generals to steal the spotlight from him,” the colonel said. “And when that article was passed around here, we knew there would be serious consequences.”

RUMSFELD HITS THE ROOF

The article in mention appeared in the news magazine’s Dec. 30, 2002/Jan. 6, 2003 issue. Right there on pages 60 – 61 was a full-page photo of the likeable, tall Texan, hands on hips and an earnest look on his ruddy face. But it was the large-print caption beside his picture that sent Rumsfeld through the roof, we are told.

“FRANKS HAS WON RESPECT FOR STANDING UP TO DONALD RUMSFELD ON PLANS FOR IRAQ” read the head, part of the article “BULKING UP FOR BAGHDAD. The sub-head over Evan Thomas’ byline was “Soldier to the core, Tommy Franks shuns pomp – and rallies the troops.”

“That really sent Rummy into orbit, as well as the flunkies around him,” the colonel laughed. “It didn’t take him long to design a plan to put Gen. Franks in his place.”

We are told that “plan,” was a calculated leak to the major media about the ridiculous “I.G. investigation” of Franks and his wife.

“The final result didn’t amount to anything, but Rumsfeld failed to realize - you don’t disrespect a Texan’s wife,” the colonel said. “She knew who was behind it. Cathy and the general are very close. They’ve been married more than 30 years, and when one is hurt, the other feels the pain – intensely.”

To increase the humiliation, Rumsfeld placed his favorite general, Arab-speaking Lt. Gen. 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.

GEN. FRANK’S QUIET DIGNITY

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. U.S. forces rolled into Baghdad just weeks after the war began. The speed of their advance brought back memories of another inspiring military leader – Gen. George Patton.

Rumsfeld “floated a cover story” that the popular general had been offered the post of Army Chief of Staff. But in reality, that had not been on the table. Having had “a belly-full” of Rumsfeld’s egomania, the classy Franks opted to return to Texas and enter a well-deserved retirement.

There are few generals in the ranks today that deserve high praise from the American people, but Tommy Franks is one of them. 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.




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