The general who commanded US-led coalition forces during the first year of the Iraq war says the United States can forget about winning the war.
“I think if we do the right things politically and economically with the right Iraqi leadership we could at least stave off defeat,” retired army Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez said in an interview.
Sanchez is the highest-ranking former military leader yet to suggest the Bush administration has fallen short in Iraq.
“I am absolutely convinced that America has a crisis in leadership at this time,” Sanchez told AFP after a recent speech in San Antonio, Texas.
“We’ve got to do whatever we can to help the next generation of leaders do better than we have done over the past five years, better than what this cohort of political and military leaders have done”.
Sanchez among those who erred
He added that he was “referring to our national political leadership in its entirety” - not just President George W Bush.
Sanchez called the situation in Iraq bleak, which he blamed on “the abysmal performance in the early stages and the transition of sovereignty”.
He included himself among those who erred in Iraq’s crucial first year after the toppling of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
“There’s nobody out there that is intentionally trying to screw things up for our country,” he said. “They were all working to do the best damn job they can to get things right.”
Despite those good intentions, Americans will be forced to “answer the question what is victory, and at this point I’m not sure America really knows what victory is”, said Sanchez.
The US ambassador in Baghdad, Ryan Crocker, reacted on Sunday to Sanchez’s comments by insisting: “It’s just way premature to be talking in terms of victory or defeat.”[/quote]
I guess this guy is another America-hater who loves the terrorists, and has no idea of what the hell he’s talking about.
Sanchez obviously lacks the hard military expertise and close proximity of someone like a JeffR, for example. By the way, JeffR… thanks again for your service in Iraq.