Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, said in the Dec. 15 issue of Newsweek magazine that he was proud of what Gen. Tommy Franks, who planned and commanded the American-led invasion of Iraq, did "up to the moment of deciding how to transfer power to the Iraqis. Then we go off a cliff." He is a member of the bipartisan Defense Policy Board, which advises Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., suggested on Sunday that next summer's planned transfer of power from American occupying authorities to Iraqis might be driven by Bush's re-election campaign, to be bringing troops home by November.
More than seven months after Bush declared major combat over, American inspectors have not found the weapons of mass destruction, which Bush accused Iraq of hiding and used as a major reason for going to war. Searchers have found quantities of chemicals and substances that could be used to make both weapons and legitimate civilian items.Posted by tstubbs at December 07, 2003 02:49 PM