An American Soldier Topics for Discussion

Tommy Franks
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Describe how Tommy Franks changes from a farm boy to CENTCOM commander. In what ways does his personality and self-perception change? In what ways does he remain the same?

Discuss the 'New Army.' What were the expectations for an all-volunteer Army? How is this supposed to solve problems like drug abuse and racism?

Why did the people in charge of America's response to 9-11 go to war with Afghanistan and Iraq? What are the dangers of NOT going to war, from their point of view?

Do you think that Tommy Franks and other military leaders have too much influence over Rumsfeld and President Bush, or do you think that Franks may be exaggerating his own importance in his autobiography? Back up your answer with passages from the book.

How does Rumsfeld, President Bush, and Franks perceive Saddam Hussein? Why is he considered a threat to our...

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