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The Mouse That Roared
Posted by: Dale Franks on Sunday, November 25, 2007

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the former US military commander in Iraq, has given the Democratic response to the President's weekly radio address. Apparently, the general doesn't much like the president.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who led coalition forces through the first critical year of Iraq's insurgency, said Saturday in a nationally broadcast radio address that President Bush had failed to "devise a strategy for victory" and that the time had come to withdraw U.S. troops.

In the Democratic rebuttal to Bush's weekly radio address, Sanchez offered conditional support to a House war funding bill that requires combat troops to be out of Iraq by the end of 2008...

As the coalition commander, Sanchez said in Saturday's broadcast, he personally witnessed "the administration's failure to devise a strategy for victory in Iraq that employed, in a coordinated manner, the political, economic, diplomatic and military power of the United States. That failure continues today."
The thing is, as the coalition commander in Iraq, Gen. Sanchez was the primary officer for providing military advice to the president about Iraq, and assisting in formulating a winning strategy there.

So, where was the "strategy for victory in Iraq that employed, in a coordinated manner, the political, economic, diplomatic and military power of the United States" created by General Sanchez, that he proposed to the president? What objections did Gen. Sanchez raise to the Bush Administration policy? Where is the record of Gen. Sanchez's efforts to create such a strategy?

If it exists, I am unaware of it.

Gen Sanchez wasn't some innocent bystander to the policy process re Iraq. He wasn't some middle-of-the-pack battalion commander, following the orders he was given. He was the senior military commander on the ground. It was his responsibility to propose a strategy to the president that contained his best military advice. It was his responsibility to plan the strategy, obtain approval for it, and then execute it.

If there was a failure in the administration's strategy or execution, then what did Gen. Sanchez do to correct it? If his best military advice was ignored, then why didn't he resign?

Whatever failures the Bush Administration may have made in Iraq—and they've made more than their fair share of them—General Sanchez was involved in those failures up to his neck. And if he felt the Administration's policy was that flawed, and that he could not in good conscience support it, then he had the obligation to resign, and oppose it as a private citizen.

Gen. Sanchez is perfectly free to engage in the political process as a private citizen. But to pretend he had no part in the policies he now decries—and that he must have in large part formulated as coalition commander—simply stretches credulity.
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It is also worth noting, the General Sanchez was replaced. That the current leadership on the ground in Iraq... the one that replaced Sanchez, is far more successful than Sanchez was, would seem a reasonable indication of just why Sanchez was replaced.
Which, in turn, would also seem to get some rather solid indication of why Sanchez chooses to play this line, now.
Written By: Bithead
Bush is a bad bad man.

Where’s my royalties?
Written By: jpm100
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Sanchez knows his place in history will look a lot better if we lose than if we win. If we lose, he can play the inevitability card. If we win, he will be shredded.
Written By: Harun
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haha that jackass was too scared to even leave the fob. what a bitch. now hes trying to save his rep. he was in charge it was his responsibility to come up with a plan. instead he had us drive around in circles waiting to get blown up in soft skin Humvee.
Written By: SLNTAX
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Which campaign does the good Genl. become a high-profile military advisor for now that he’s established his bona fides?

It’s real strange that the Dems keep pushing their losing hand on Iraq in this manner.
Written By: shark
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I’m not sure on this, but weren’t the Clintons responsible for the most promotions to General in History, by a lot?
Written By: jpm100
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Why does Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez hate the troops and hate America so much?
Written By: Sanjeev
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Just curious and sorry for not checking myself but it seems like it would be a waste of time - but for anyone who saw the full rant were there specifics of things the Gen said Bush should do that we didn’t? And what’s this economic and diplomatic talk about? We should have spent more and cut deals with Iran?
Written By: abw
Sanchez is no more than the modern day McClellan to our own Copperheads. Here is hoping history repeats itself.
Written By: GW
To be generous, I’m going to guess Sanchez comes from the school of thought that the army is supposed to have a bunch of tank divisions and fight major land wars, but not get involved with icky stuff like policing, counter-insurgency, elections, re-building etc.

He expects State to come up with re-construction plans and to handle the post-invasion occupation stuff.

Written By: Harun
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I wonder is the good General is simply posturing himself for a possible run for Senator or something with full democratic support.

Anyone know what state he’s from?
Written By: Joel C.
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Erb? Where are you? Where is your defense of Sanchez now?
Written By: SShiell
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Heh - who better to know there was no strategy, he was part of it.
I’d say he was an expert on the subject.
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