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Profile: Thomas Franks

 
  

Positions that Thomas Franks has held:

  • Commander of the US Central Command


 

Quotes

 
  

Quote, March 22, 2003

   “There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. As this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them.” [Washington Post, 3/22/03]

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Undefined, April 13, 2003

   “I think what we are so proud of is governments which permit their populace to be involved in a process that provides them freedom, provides them liberty. And I think what we will see in the months and years ahead in Iraq will provide a bit of a model for how that can be done. ... because, Tony, it will be the Iraqi people who decide how to do that, and they will do it on their terms.” [US Department of Defense, 4/13/2003]

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Thomas Franks actively participated in the following events:

 
  

November 21, 2001      Complete Iraq timeline

       George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld speak in private. Bush asks the Defense Secretary what kind of plan the Pentagon has for invading Iraq. When Rumsfeld says its current plan is outdated, Bush instructs him to devise a new one. “Let's get started on this,” Bush will later tell Bob Woodward. “And get Tommy Franks looking at what it would take to protect America by removing Saddam Hussein if we have to.” Bush requests that discussion about Iraq remain low-key. “I knew what would happen if people thought we were developing a potential war plan for Iraq,” Bush will say to Woodward. Bush does not share the details of his conversation with Condoleezza Rice, only telling her that Rumsfeld would be working on Iraq. [Woodward, 2004 cited in Associated Press, 4/16/2004; Woodward, 2004 cited in New York Times, 4/17/2004; Woodward, 2004 cited in Washington Post 1/18/2004 Sources: George Bush and other top officials interviewed by Washington Post editor Bob Woodward] When General Tommy Franks—who already has his hands full with the operation in Afghanistan—learns that the administration is considering plans to invade Iraq, he utters “a string of obscenities.” [Woodward, 2004 cited in Associated Press, 4/16/2004 Sources: Top officials interviewed by Washington Post editor Bob Woodward] General Franks will meet with Bush and brief him on the plan's progress on December 28 (see December 28, 2001).
People and organizations involved: Thomas Franks, George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld
          

December 28, 2001      Complete Iraq timeline

       General Tommy Franks, the head of the US Central Command, visits Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas and briefs him on the progress of his Iraq war plan. Bush had requested an updated plan from the Defense Department on November 21 (see November 21, 2001). [Woodward, 2004 cited in Washington Post 1/18/2004 Sources: Top officials interviewed by Washington Post editor Bob Woodward]
People and organizations involved: Thomas Franks, George W. Bush
          

October 31, 2002      Complete Iraq timeline

       General Tommy Frank's full US battle plan, codenamed 1003V, is completed. [Independent, 9/29/2004]
People and organizations involved: Thomas Franks
          

January 2003      Complete Iraq timeline

       The Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance is created by the Pentagon to direct the post-war administration of Iraq. Its head, retired army general Jay Garner, reports to Gen. Tommy R. Franks of the US Central Command. The Office is later renamed the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). David Kay, a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and a former UN weapons inspector, had initially been selected to head the office, but he declined the invitation. Associates of Kay tell the New York Times that Kay felt the new agency seemed relatively uninterested in the task of promoting democracy. [New York Times, 2/23/03; New York Times, 4/2/03]
People and organizations involved: Jay Garner, Thomas Franks, David Kay
          

March 22, 2003      Complete Iraq timeline

       Gen. Franks says during a news conference in Qatar: “There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. As this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them.” [Washington Post, 3/22/03]
People and organizations involved: Thomas Franks
          

April 13, 2003      Complete Iraq timeline

       General Tommy Franks tells NBC's “Meet the Press”: “I think what we are so proud of is governments which permit their populace to be involved in a process that provides them freedom, provides them liberty. And I think what we will see in the months and years ahead in Iraq will provide a bit of a model for how that can be done. ... because, Tony, it will be the Iraqi people who decide how to do that, and they will do it on their terms.” [US Department of Defense, 4/13/2003]
People and organizations involved: Thomas Franks
          

December 2003      Complete Iraq timeline

       The Mexican government sends a series of diplomatic letters to British Foreign Minister Jack Straw asking the minister if the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had spied on UN Security Council member states prior to the US-British invasion of Iraq. [The Observer, 2/15/04; Reuters, 2/14/04] To date, no response has been received. Nor has the British Foreign Office responded to inquiries from the press.
People and organizations involved: Thomas Franks
          

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