Independent News, South Africa – The man who led coalition forces in Iraq during the first year of the occupation 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 still salvage at least a stalemate, if you will – not a stalemate but at least stave off defeat,” retired Army Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez said in an interview.
“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.” adding 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 and blamed it on “the abysmal performance in the early stages and the transition of sovereignty.”
He’s the highest-ranking military leader yet to say Bush fails. Frankly, I can’t determine if he’s hawkish and criticizing a lack of adequate aggression or more sensibly criticizing lame operations and political tactics. There seems to be a litany of failure on his radar.
Perhaps it may take a few days, but this item is ignored in the USA.