September 30, 2004
TOMMY FRANKS ON CNN: Osama bin Laden is not in Afghanistan, as Senator Kerry said he is.
On lacking a plan for winning the peace: “If you read my book, you’ll find I mention a term called ‘catastrophic success.’ It’s a good news thing. . . . But it takes a long time to bring stability to a place that hasn’t known stability for a long time. It’s inaccurate to say that there was not a plan . . . but some in our media built expectations that that would happen more quickly than was possible.”
UPDATE: Reader Chris Greer doesn’t think Franks was as positive as I make him sound above. I don’t have a TiVo, but I was typing it as he spoke. He did say that he’s a civilian now, and doesn’t have secret info — but he also said what I reported. Maybe there’ll be a transcript tomorrow.