The Lefts New Drummer Boy


The man who led coalition forces in Iraq from 2003 through 2004, the man who was in charge during Abu Ghraib and canned for it, now finds fault with how Bush conducted the war.  What a surprise:

In a sweeping indictment of the four-year effort in Iraq, the former top American commander called the Bush administration’s handling of the war incompetent andwarned that the United States was “living a nightmare with no end in sight.”

In one of his first major public speeches since leaving the Army in late 2006, retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez blamed the administration for a “catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic war plan” and denounced the current “surge” strategy as a “desperate” move that will not achieve long-term stability.

“After more than fours years of fighting, America continues its desperate struggle in Iraq without any concerted effort to devise a strategy that will achieve victory in that war-torn country or in the greater conflict against extremism,” Mr. Sanchez said, at a gathering here of military reporters and editors.

But his role as commander in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal leaves General Sanchez vulnerable to criticism that that he is shifting the blame from himself and exacting revenge against an administration that replaced him as the top commander in the aftermath of the scandal and declined to nominate him for a fourth star, forcing his retirement.

Though he was cleared of wrongdoing in the abuse matter by an Army investigation, he nonetheless became a symbol, along with officials like L. Paul Bremer III , the chief administrator in Iraq, of the ineffective American leadership early in the occupation.

Questioned by reporters after his speech, he included the military and himself among those who made mistakes in Iraq, citing the failure to insist on a better post-invasion stabilization plan.

But his main criticism was leveled at the Bush administration, which he said he said has failed to mobilize the entire United States government, other than the military, to contribute meaningfully to reconstructing and stabilizing Iraq.

The man did not deserve a fourth star because his leadership of the armed forces during his time there was terrible.  Is it any wonder why he is now talking trash?  The surge is working, the situation in Iraq is improving, and now this man wants to portray Iraq as a failure, and blame it all on Bush.  It’s not a failure, it’s working.  And any good leader understands when a tactic doesn’t work he adapts and changes.  Bush understood this and canned Sanchez.  After some fits and starts he found Petreaus and the rest is history. 

To find Grant Lincoln had to go through the likes of McClellan. 

That is a good leader.

Sanchez obviously was a capable leader but not up to the task at hand and was replaced.  He feels insulted so now goes on the offensive with this baloney.

Before long we will see this man, the man in charge during Abu Ghraib which the left cite incessantly, become the lefts new drummer boy.  Now that will be ironic.

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Wow.. The moonbats from the islamofascist loving left are out in force today. Dkos must be issuing orders again.

Naw Chris, these guys are from TBogg, some of the most unintelligent lefties in the blogosphere. Always a riot when I get linked by them. Notice how they won’t respond to you or Scott or any of the others, all they can say is Bush is bad mmmmkay.

You lose a few braincells just reading their comments so be careful.

It’s not hard to see that the left’s lost. They have to remain fixated on GWB lest they take a look at who they’re gonna have to vote for in 2008, Sen Hillary “George Bush lite” Clinton.

President George W Bush is not running in 2008. There is no need to campaign against him anymore

Democrats are no longer against the war. All three leading Democratic Presidential prospects will continue the war in Iraq until 2013 if they need to. Hillary has already said she’s willing to expand it to Iran. In Congress, Democrats laugh at talk of impeachment, they’ve given up trying to cut the funding, and they’ve even started to quit with their non-binding rhetoric.

Wanna be against the war? If you do, now you’ve got to be against the Democrats as well.

Since most of the anti-war rhetoric is really just a catalyst for venting Bush hate, frustration over the 2000 tie, even impeachment back in 98…well, that kinda leaves the left in a conundrum:

1) focus their anti-war efforts against Democrats and show their own integrity and commitment to the issue rather than the party


2) continue railing against a political figure who’s not even on the ballot, then vote for a political figure who vows to continue the war (ie irony) while at the same time claiming your own anti-war commitment (ie hypocrisy)

Given those two choices…yeah, the lost left will continue to scream, and pout, and call names, and hate 1/3-1/2 of the Americans who don’t agree with them. Then the shallow protesters will vote in a pro-war candidate like Clinton, and the straight up whiners will continue to point fingers rather than look for the real causes-particularly the effect of protesting against a liberator and in support of a dictator.

If Hillary should be the next President, SHE will need to issue an apology for this War of Lies.

The Lie won’t go away, no matter how much those who love Tax Cuts more than they love America would want it to.

The Lie is there, forever.

All that’s left for Good Americans to do is to try to make up for it somehow.

How sad.