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.