An Arabic-Speaking General's Tough Task

Remember the name John Abizaid. The low-profile player at U.S. Central Command in Qatar will play a major role in post-Saddam Iraq

Four days into the Iraq conflict, General Tommy Franks, head of U.S. Central Command, asked Lieutenant General John Abizaid to handle the day's televised war briefing. After all, he was second in command. But Abizaid didn't want to do it, preferring to be more workhorse than show horse. Franks had to order him in front of the cameras.

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