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Posted on 11/20/2003 5:14:53 PM PST by hope
Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack
John O. Edwards, NewsMax.comGen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government.
Friday, Nov. 21, 2003
Franks, who successfully led the U.S. military operation to liberate Iraq, expressed his worries in an extensive interview he gave to the mens lifestyle magazine Cigar Aficionado.
In the magazines December edition, the former commander of the militarys Central Command warned that if terrorists succeeded in using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) against the U.S. or one of our allies, it would likely have catastrophic consequences for our cherished republican form of government.
Discussing the hypothetical dangers posed to the U.S. in the wake of Sept. 11, Franks said that the worst thing that could happen is if terrorists acquire and then use a biological, chemical or nuclear weapon that inflicts heavy casualties.
If that happens, Franks said, ... the Western world, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty weve seen for a couple of hundred years in this grand experiment that we call democracy.
Franks then offered in a practical sense what he thinks would happen in the aftermath of such an attack.
It means the potential of a weapon of mass destruction and a terrorist, massive, casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western world it may be in the United States of America that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass, casualty-producing event. Which in fact, then begins to unravel the fabric of our Constitution. Two steps, very, very important.
Franks didnt speculate about how soon such an event might take place.
Already, critics of the U.S. Patriot Act, rushed through Congress in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, have argued that the law aims to curtail civil liberties and sets a dangerous precedent.
But Franks scenario goes much further. He is the first high-ranking official to openly speculate that the Constitution could be scrapped in favor of a military form of government.
The usually camera-shy Franks retired from U.S. Central Command, known in Pentagon lingo as CentCom, in August 2003, after serving nearly four decades in the Army.
Franks earned three Purple Hearts for combat wounds and three Bronze Stars for valor. Known as a soldiers general, Franks made his mark as a top commander during the U.S.s successful Operation Desert Storm, which liberated Kuwait in 1991. He was in charge of CentCom when Osama bin Ladens al-Qaeda attacked the United States on Sept. 11.
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.
Franks offered his assessment on a number of topics to Cigar Aficionado, including:
President Bush: As I look at President Bush, I think he will ultimately be judged as a man of extremely high character. A very thoughtful man, not having been appraised properly by those who would say hes not very smart. I find the contrary. I think hes very, very bright. And I suspect that hell be judged as a man who led this country through a crease in history effectively. Probably well think of him in years to come as an American hero.
On the motivation for the Iraq war: Contrary to claims that top Pentagon brass opposed the invasion of Iraq, Franks said he wholeheartedly agreed with the presidents decision to invade Iraq and oust Saddam Hussein.
I, for one, begin with intent. ... There is no question that Saddam Hussein had intent to do harm to the Western alliance and to the United States of America. That intent is confirmed in a great many of his speeches, his commentary, the words that have come out of the Iraqi regime over the last dozen or so years. So we have intent.
If we know for sure ... that a regime has intent to do harm to this country, and if we have something beyond a reasonable doubt that this particular regime may have the wherewithal with which to execute the intent, what are our actions and orders as leaders in this country?
The Pentagons deck of cards: Asked how the Pentagon decided to put its most-wanted Iraqis on a set of playing cards, Franks explained its genesis. He recalled that when his staff identified the most notorious Iraqis the U.S. wanted to capture, it just turned out that the number happened to be about the same as a deck of cards. And so somebody said, Aha, this will be the ace of spades.
Capturing Saddam: Franks said he was not surprised that Saddam has not been captured or killed. But he says he will eventually be found, perhaps sooner than Osama bin laden.
The capture or killing of Saddam Hussein will be a near term thing. And I wont say thatll be within 19 or 43 days. ... I believe it is inevitable.
Franks ended his interview with a less-than-optimistic note. Its not in the history of civilization for peace ever to reign. Never has in the history of man. ... I doubt that well ever have a time when the world will actually be at peace.
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No thanks. Already had one of those for a little over four years
IF we as a population should ever do this the rest of the planet should take a huge step back from fear.
World War 2 style total militarization in the United States would make total world conquest feasable for the first time in history. And this time we might start imposing Carthaginian style peace on our enemies.
Kill 1-10 million Americans and the rest are going to be out for BLOOD and VENGEANCE.
Keep a few hundred dollars in pre-1964 coins .... I promise you that a local farmer is going to eventually take it in trade.
It is true. Franks was just "what iffing", like any good War College graduate.
But we would not need to suspend the Constitution, save for a declaration of martial law in the affected city or cities and a federalization of the state National Guard. Why?
Franks makes the mistake of assuming that we would hunker down, suspend the Constitution, and militarize ourselves to prevent a second attack.
We would not need to. We shall make an example of several Arab cities and large swaths of the Islamic heartland in return. We will only need to demonstrate the power of real, live thermonuclear weapons once, weapons that will dwarf the yield of the small tactical warhead the terrorists will use. When we are done, no one will dream of killing our citizens again.
We will be hated. But we will also be feared.
That will make all the difference.
Be Seeing You,
I recall that only about 5% need to actively participate to get the job done. I would be thrilled if 20% actually had the fortitude to step up and ensure that our country doesn't devolve into a military dictatorship.
And just how the heck does a Queen get elected and have a set term of office ????
One of the more stupid points that AOTC had in it. :-)
Little things like the postman is the local government spy/agent to determine who at what address is able to attend work detail, etc, etc, etc....Food, fuel and what not is not to be hoarded, all of that and more is contained in the EOs.]
If you think about it, it makes sense. I think martial law would be declared regionally as determined by the threat. The constitution would be severely strained.
As this is a "Newsmax" story, I would have to see t original to understand just what the context was in TOmmy Franks remarks...
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