General Tommy Franks: Iraq May Require 10 or 20 More Years

Newshounds
Thursday September 13, 2007

General Tommy Franks, former Centcom Commander, told Alan Colmes last night (9/12/07) that American troops may have to stay in Iraq for decades. That was no big deal to Franks when put "in the broad sweep of American history." Besides, he said, "No one has yet said that that will be 10 years or 20 years at the level of violence that we see in Iraq right now." Because surely we're in the last throes of the insurgency, right? With video.

Franks was the first guest of the show. While Sean Hannity spent most of his time with General Tommy Franks dodging the war and talking, instead, about MoveOn's ad, Alan Colmes used his time to challenge Franks on the progress in Iraq.

Colmes confronted Franks about how much longer we should continue to be involved militarily in Iraq. “Without political reconciliation, without an ability to solve the political problem among ethnocentric factions, do we just keep sending American soldiers in with no end in sight to die in a country that’s not standing up for itself?”

Franks answered, “All I can say is put it in the broad sweep of American history. How long have we had troops in Europe? Since the end of the Second (World) War. How long have we had troops in South Korea? Since the mid-1950’s. The fact of the matter is that it may require 10 years, it may require 20 years, but no one, no one has yet said that that will be 10 years or 20 years at the level of violence that we see in Iraq right now."

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Colmes responded, "Nobody said there’d be an end to the violence, either, or that it’d be tamped down. There’s no evidence of it."

Franks said, "But every trend seems to be moving in that direction. If we can bring the politics along, Alan."

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