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Tommy Franks

While I am increasingly impressed by the man and his character (he seems sincerely aggrieved by the limlight), I have to say that briefing wasn’t very impressive. I understand that he has to be vague about some things, but I was left feeling like I knew less than I did before the briefing. And the video images were worse than the ones offered 10 years ago. A great propaganda opportunity was missed, it seemed to me. Why not show video of surrendering Iraqis? Why not show pictures of Coalition soldiers being greeted? Why not explain that while it is technically true that we are bombing “downtown Baghdad” we are not bombing civilian areas? We are bombing military complexes forbidden to most Iraqis.

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