Thursday, November 22, 2007

Explains no 4th star

Retired LtGen Sanchez, USA Ret. is back in the news. Looks like the Democrats have snatched another winner.

Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, who commanded U.S. troops in Iraq from 2003 to 2004, is scheduled to speak on behalf of the Democratic Party this weekend in support of a House war funding bill that would require President Bush to bring the bulk of U.S. troops home from Iraq by the end of next year.

Sanchez, who has spoken out against the Bush administration's handling of the war and has assailed current war strategy as doomed to fail, plans to argue that the United States cannot win in Iraq with the military alone and that it is prudent to bring troops home to bolster national security.

Now listen to the rest. What you will hear is the reason why we were having such a hard time getting with the program in '03 and '04. It will also show you the mindset of a peace time General Officer - one that General Marshall would have fired before '42 was over.
Sanchez also plans to argue that U.S. armed forces have been stretched thin by bad war policy and that the House war funding bill, which requires the redeployment of U.S. troops and other measures for the Pentagon to secure $50 billion in funding, is the appropriate approach. Sanchez is expected to say that the war has significantly hurt the military. The White House has threatened to veto any bill that attaches strings to the war funding.

"Our Army and Marine Corps are struggling with changing deployment schedules that are disrupting combat readiness training and straining the patience and daily lives of military families," according to a portion of Sanchez's speech released last night. "It will take the Army at least a decade to repair the damage done to its full spectrum readiness, which is at its lowest level since the Vietnam War. In the meantime, the ability of our military to fully execute our national security strategy will be called into doubt, producing what is, in my judgment, unacceptable strategic risk."
That translates into "We should quit and lose this war so we can get back to being a peace time army that doesn't require us to do anything harder than set ourselves up for a cushy Military-Industrial Complex job when we retire. I like thinking about wars I want to fight - not the ones I have to."

It is almost like he can't stand that someone else is able to when where he lost (Therapist1, help us out here) - and he is stabbing his Soldiers in the back while he is at it. Dems can have him. Another McClellan - but that might be an insult to McClellan.

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