Ret. Gen. Franks Defends Rumsfeld during speech in Columbus

Retired General Franks was the keynote speaker at the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center’s Great Communicators lunch. Franks spoke briefly on the recent criticism of Secretary Rumsfeld. At least seven retired generals have spoken out against the way Rumsfeld has handled the war in Iraq. Franks defended Rumfeld. He called him a mild mannered man and a quote tough sucker with sharp elbows. Franks, who said Rumsfeld is demanding, said the global war on terrorism is a tough job.

During a private reception before the luncheon, Franks commented on former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s recent criticism. Powell said he believes the U-S did not send enough troops to Iraq in 2003. Franks, who said Powell voiced concerns about that to him and Rumsfeld, said he told Powell he was concerned, but felt the troop strength was enough to remove the regime.

The retired general was in the Army for 40 years and acquired various decorations including three Purple Hearts and four Bronze Stars. Franks refused interviews with the media and would not allow taping of his speech.