Rules of Engagement and Military Micro-Management

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General Norman Schwarzkopf moved his Gulf War command post to Saudi Arabia to be close to the troops, but General Tommy Franks runs the war in Afghanistan from 8,000 miles away in Tampa, Florida. Franks says that his heart told him to move closer to the troops but his head told him to stay at Central Command, with one of the most advanced, high-tech communications centers on Earth. With US aircraft and ground troops already in action in Afghanistan and preparing to move into Pakistan, some senior officers complain that Frank's too far from the action and too close to civilian micro-managers in the Pentagon and White House. We re-visit the recurring argument that goes all the way back to Vietnam with military and civilian national security experts.
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Economic Policy Institute

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

US Department of Labor

US Central Command

US Department of Defense

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Johns Hopkins' Foreign Policy Institute

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National Front/Jean-Marie Le Pen

Wall Street Journal



Warren Olney