On Friday, retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the former top American commander in Iraq called the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq War “incompetent and warned that the United States was “living a nightmare with no end in sight.”” No end in sight…
In one of his first major public speeches since leaving the Army in late 2006, retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez blamed the administration for a “catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic war plan” and denounced the current “surge” strategy as a “desperate” move that will not achieve long-term stability.
“After more than fours years of fighting, America continues its desperate struggle in Iraq without any concerted effort to devise a strategy that will achieve victory in that war-torn country or in the greater conflict against extremism,” Mr. Sanchez said, at a gathering here of military reporters and editors.
General Sanchez is the most senior in a string of retired generals to harshly criticize the administration’s conduct of the war…
“There was been a glaring and unfortunate display of incompetent strategic leadership within our national leaders,” he said, adding later in his remarks that civilian officials have been “derelict in their duties” and guilty of a “lust for power.”
Sanchez said he spoke out now because, “I think once you are retired, you have a responsibility to the nation, to your oath, to the country, to state your opinion.”
Prepare for the wingnuttery to commence.