Generals don’t seem to be able to speak their minds when in uniform.
Well, with the exception of Eric Shinseki — and very possibly David Petraeus who seems to be driving his own machinery on Iraq spin.
But now — out of uniform — former top Iraq commander (during Abu Ghraib watch) Ricardo Sanchez shared his views in public. Here are some clips from David Cloud:
~ In a sweeping indictment of the four-year effort in Iraq, the former top American commander called the Bush administration’s handling of the war incompetent and warned that the United States was “living a nightmare with no end in sight.”
~ “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.
~ “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.”
Note to Generals today — it would help us to know your real views about attacking Iran NOW — rather than after the fact if we go that direction.
— Steve Clemons