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An Hermano Speaks: Lt. Gen. Sanchez calls the Iraq War “a nightmare with no end in sight”

October 13th, 2007 · 17 Comments

Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, who was the highest ranking Latino in the US Army when he retired last year, ripped into the Bush administration, the State Department, and Congress for the mess in Iraq calling the war plan “catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic.” His statements don’t really reveal anything new, many critics have pointed this out, but military brass tend to tow the party line and not openly criticize the powers that be. I’m glad that he’s speaking out and feels obliged to speak for the soldiers who are dying out there. Also worth noting is his comment about the administration ignoring warnings from the field commanders about their need for assistance from the State department. For a President who declared mission accomplished about four years ago and who always appears “patriotic” and “gung-ho” about the military, this is pretty disturbing. But I guess we should expect this from a man who crapped out on his own opportunity to learn about war and the workings of the American military when he was younger. Isn’t it odd how those who never served in war are so eager to engage in it from the comfort of their air conditioned luxury office?

Let’s hope that we hear more from Lt. Gen. Sanchez. Maybe his anger will inspire some action.

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez

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  • 1 Michaelr // Oct 14, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    This is the most pressing issue in America, given the fact that this conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan is costing the U.S. taxpayer 12 billion dollars a month, and that number is likely to double in the next six to eight months thanks to the Bush Administration efforts to generate disinformation, misinformation, and stimulate nationwide fear on threats and supposed threats stemming from entities representing Islamic Jihad and its counterparts.

    For the upper 10% of the American population, this taxpayer financed attempt at nation-building and global theft is purely a business venture. Their investment portfolios are stocked with equity securities wholly invested in Halliburton, Bechtel, Lucent Technologies, The Carlyle Group, and the U.S. oil industry. They are safe from the burdens of losing loved ones, and are fully entertained by the lies and fantasy generated by this White House. The other 60% of the American population are the people who are actually financing these business/looting ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan through payment of their federal income taxes, monies deducted from their paychecks for social security, and an assortment of taxes levied on goods, properties, and inheritance. The remaining 30% of the American population are sending their children to die in this business/looting venture that more resembles purgatory. Those children are ordered to betray those lessons they were taught in public schools and at home, and to murder those simply caught in the crossfire. If they survive their ordeal in Iraq and Afghanistan, they are ignored by the very same government who promised to take care of them.

    I am always amazed about those people who think that illegal immigration, gay marriage, and Brittany Spears have more or equal importance to this genocide happening in Iraq. Here is the wholesale slaughter of human life, financed by the yield of your labor, wholly promoted by big lies designed simply to benefit 10% of America, and make them wealthier than they already are.

    Beware of the person who questions your patriotism, especially if that person never served in the U.S. military. When a U.S. general, who has served his country in the field, says what is occurring in Iraq is a nightmare, and that there is no end in sight. You should pay attention.

  • 2 Frank // Oct 14, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t consider gay marriage or Britney Spears to be equal to or more pressing issues than the Iraq war and you are really stretching the truth if you think that most Amercans think that way. However, on the domestic front illegal immigration is a very serious issue facing our country today. It is also costing us billions of dollars but even more importantly it will affect us in many ways much more negatively than money down the road if allowed to continue.

  • 3 PMG! // Oct 14, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Britnet Spears et al. are just distractions to make people feel safe and secure and less guilty. People are starting to loudly point how, unlike in other wars, we, as a nation, aren’t being asked to give up anything. I think that the rationing and such that happened durring WWII not only helped with the war effort, but also improved the morale of the general populace because they truly felt like they were helping.

    Now, we don’t want face that we are honestly doing NOTHING for our boys except placing a magnet on our bumpers. And honestly, we don’t want to be reminded of it.

  • 4 Jose // Oct 14, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    I can’t imagine saying anything more than what’s already been said, so good post. I’ve never seen this blog until today, so keep it up. Peace.

  • 5 webmaster // Oct 15, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Frank,

    If you simply look at the number of responses on this blog for this article vs. the responses on the immigration or gay marriage post, you will see the irony in that people get more worked up over smaller issues than the larger one that will continue to impact us for years to come. Illegal immigration has been happening for years, as have gay unions. Now the Iraq War is a recent blunder that the US willingly engaged in, and we Americans have sat on the sidelines. In previous wars, like PMG! suggests, we were asked to sacrifice more.

    As for this war and its lasting impact, well, there’s our reputation in the globe, the cost and commitment to stabilize a country that has been ruined, and much more.

    Michaelr was trying to make a point regarding Britney Spears. If you pay attention at the checkout line next time you get your groceries, you will see more Britney than you will see magazine covers that deal with the real issues. Same with our “network” news. Now celeb news has taken an increased priority, it used to not be the case.

  • 6 Frank // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Well for one thing those who say that illegal immigration is not a big deal to most Americans, your point about the numbers of posts about it certainly disproves that, doesn’t it?

    I think most Americans opposed to the Iraq war feel pretty helpless to make any changes in foreign policy and the war isn’t occuring on our soil so most citizens aren’t affected by it so directly. Illegal immigration on the other hand is on our soil and quite visable everyday. It isn’t a smaller issue IMO just closer to home.

    I think that most Americans would like to us end the Iraq war and deport illegal aliens also. And both issues are in the top 3-5 in importance. Britney Spears is just diversion from real issues and it sells in the media. Gay marriage is probably a ways down the list for most too.

  • 7 webmaster // Oct 15, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Frank, my point about the number of posts or responses is just one indicator of public importance or reference (a small one indeed and not necessarily a representative sample).

    I do think that illegal immigration is important, but the War in Iraq is a larger issue for me. It is more costly, but for whatever reason, people don’t mobilize against the war as they did in the 60s against Vietnam, and they don’t support it like we did for WWII. And one should note, that the money spent on the War in Iraq leaves less for immigration law enforcement.

  • 8 barista // Oct 16, 2007 at 7:34 am

    Most U.S. citizens have never been out of the country. Most of their international I.Q.s with respect to other cultures have not been broadened. Given the same, it’s not surprising to me that issues of gay marriage and Britney Spears seem to be what’s most important to most U.S. citizens. After all, their world doesn’t seem to exist outside our borders.

  • 9 Frank // Oct 16, 2007 at 10:02 am

    I beg to differ. Many Americans may not have traveled outside our borders but Britney Spears and gay marriage is not first and foremost on their minds. Not by a longshot. The Iraq war, healthcare, education, the economy and illegal immigration are their top concerns.

  • 10 Hector // Oct 17, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Hey Frank are you drunk? LOL

  • 11 Michaelr // Oct 17, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    I gave up talking to Frank four posts ago.

  • 12 Frank // Oct 17, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Drunk? What the H are you talking about? I don’t drink and nothing I have said would cause anyone to draw that conclusion. Are you?

  • 13 webmaster // Oct 18, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Whether Frank is drunk or not, we won’t ever really know, but he does seem to harp on illegal immigration. I’m surprised that he isn’t outraged over the California Assembly Speaker’s latest actions or even the “immorality” going on in Iraq at the American tax payers expense. I think he derives greater pleasure picking on the little guys. So much for us being a nation of laws?! I could think of a laundry list of bigger issues than illegal immigration, which historically gets hyped up when there are more terrible atrocities happening.

  • 14 Frank // Oct 18, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Web, the illegal immigration mess we are in is effecting our country very negatively. Why shouldn’t I harp about it? Why do pro-illegals always make erroneous assumptions about anti-illegals? Who says I am not outraged about the Iraq war? I am! But illegal immigration is an outrage too. While we are over there protecting others our own borders are wide open!

    More unfounded negative assumptions about me with your statement that I take pleasure picking on the little guys. Why do you and yours always do this? For one thing they are illegal aliens. They aren’t warm and fuzzy little guys, they are law breakers.

    So you laundry list is more important to you than the illegal invasion of your own country? Great little priorities you have there.

    This isn’t about making comparisons to other issues. Take the issue by itself. It is one of the top 3-5 pressing issues in our country today.

  • 15 Lev // Oct 18, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    I am sick to death of hearing the fake opposition Dems in Congress moan about not having enough votes to end the war in Iraq. They give lip service to the myth that the only way to end the war is to write a bill saying “the war is now over” and send it to Bush for a prompt veto, then override the veto. They then throw up their hands, saying “Well, as you can see, we don’t have the votes to override any veto, so there’s no way to end the war. Sorry folks.”

    This is disingenious and vividly illustrates who the Dems are really serving: the establishment, not their constituents.

    Here’s how to end the war: No bill specifically ending the war is even necessary. Remember those supplemental funding bills the Cheney regime has to constantly ask for, to continue funding the Iraq war piecemeal instead of in yearly lump sums attached to the actual defense budget? That’s the achilles’ heel of their war effort. The next time Bush asks for another $80 billion or whatever to keep the Iraq bloodbath going, all the Democrats have to do to end the war is to say: NO. To say “We won’t allocate one more penny for your illegal war”. Last I checked the Dems have a wafer-thin majority in both houses. With no Dems voting for the next spending bill it won’t be passed and thus it won’t make it to Bush’s desk for signing. Bush (and especially his puppetmaster Cheney) may have concentrated an inordinate amount of power in the hands of the executive branch, but even they can’t send spending bills to their own desk. That necessarily has to come from Congress. If it never reaches his desk he can’t sign it, and will have 2 choices: 1.pull the troops out while there is still enough money left in the pipeline so to speak to allow an orderly withdrawl (and anyone who has five or more brain cells knows that the money isn’t going to run out the next day, that’s a non-issue that the right wing tries to use as a scare tactic but it is ridiculously dumbed down and simply not true; they don’t wait until they have $5 left before asking for another supplemental OK?); or 2.don’t pull them out right away, and leave them to wither on the vine in Iraq until the money DOES completely run out and they have to withdraw from Iraq chaotically, burning their supplies and vehicles. Either way the war will end pretty soon if the Dems refuse to vote on supplementals. They don’t have to write a bill saying they are cutting off funding; this is only a fig leaf so they can pretend to be doing something to end the war when all they are doing is purposely spinning their wheels. All they have to do is to NOT VOTE ON SUPPLEMENTALS. Pretty effing simple. The people NOW need to DEMAND in so many words that if the Democrats are a genuine opposition party that they will carry out the will of the people and NOT VOTE on supplementals. If they are a fake opposition party as I feel they are, and are acting not in the people’s interest but playing for the same team as the Republicans, then continue with more of the same hand-wringing and impotent nonbinding resolutions that resolve nothing. Decision time Democrats. Which are you? Genuine? Or fake opposition? I think I already know the answer to that one but why don’t you surprise me?

  • 16 Frank // Oct 18, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    I agree, this war has gone on long enough and it is time to pull out and cut our losses. Its not a war to be won anyway and it never was. If only the Republicans would learn from this and not initiate anymore of these foolish wars. I am a conservative and usually vote Republican but this adminisatration is making me sick and will go down in shame in history.

  • 17 michaelr // Oct 18, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Frank: I thought I would never say this…but I agree with you on this last entry.
    Lev: Of course that’s the way to end the war, but Congress will never do that. Halliburton, Blackwater, and all the oil companies have donated money to lots of Democrats. And we all know what happened to JFK, when he made steps to get out of Vietnam.

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