So many former multi-star generals speaking out about the incompetence of our political leaders, its amazing ANYONE has any confidence in them...
The U.S. mission in Iraq is a 'nightmare with no end in sight' because of political misjudgments after the fall of Saddam Hussein that continue today, a former chief of U.S.-led forces said Friday."The cost of the dogmatic faith in our "righteousness" of the true believers is measured in lives lost and ruined... on both sides of this conflict.
Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded coalition troops for a year beginning June 2003, cast a wide net of blame for both political and military shortcomings in Iraq that helped open the way for the insurgency — such as disbanding the Saddam-era military and failing to cement ties with tribal leaders and quickly establish civilian government after Saddam was toppled.
When asked when he saw that the mission was going awry, he responded: "About the 15th of June 2003" — the day he took command.
"There is nothing going on today in Washington that would give us hope" that things are going to change, he said.
"After more than 4 years of fighting, America continues its desperate struggle in Iraq without any concerted effort to achieve victory in that war torn country or in the greater conflict against extremism"
"From a catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic war plan, to the administration's latest surge strategy, this administration has failed to employ and synchronize its political, economic and military power,""The latest revised strategy is a desperate attempt by the administration that has not accepted the political and economic realities of this war and they have definitely have NOT been able to communicate that reality to the American people."
"Continuing changes and manipulations to military strategy alone will not achieve victory, the best we can do with this strategy is stave off defeat,"
"The administration, Congress and the entire inter-agency, especially the State Department, must shoulder the responsibility for this catastrophic failure and the American people must hold them accountable."
"As a Japanese proverb says action without vision is a nightmare."