Sufferin' Sanchez

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This week's Time has an excerpt from retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez's new book, "Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story." Not surprisingly, given his past public speeches, Sanchez points a lot of fingers -- up at Rumsfeld and the White House, over at other generals, and even down at his subordinates. Guess he missed the part of general school where they teach command responsibility -- the principle that a commander is responsible for all his unit does or fails to do, period. (He's also ignoring Gen. Douglas MacArthur's dictum that old soldiers should just fade away.)

Once my copy arrives, I'll post several notes commenting on Sanchez's version of history and adding some additional material -- like the evidence that runs right through Sanchez's office connecting the torture memoranda with the abuses at Abu Ghraib. My hope is to leverage this book to examine and understand some of the key decisions and failures during the first year of the Iraq war.

More to follow.

By Phillip Carter |  May 5, 2008; 10:58 AM ET  | Category:  Books
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I note that Dugout Doug also ignored his own dictum that old soldiers should just fade away. Real-life just doesn't seem to work that way.

Posted by: pluto | May 5, 2008 2:38 PM


This is a man who does need to explain, as well as the chain above him at the time, why no general officer from Baghdad to Arlington had the integrity to resign as Abu Ghraib broke to public. I, as I sat in the Palace in the Green Zone, found at the release of the scandal a feeling of a crushing defeat for our principles. Had classmates (USNA) who quietly let this pass by without a peep. Honor codes among ring knockers, indeed. For all their full dress and medalled costumes, the hollow men just cowed somewhere offsite while this and GITMO continued against our constitution, laws and binding treaties. They cheefully said aye-aye at the direction of well dressed liliputians sitting behind oak desks.

Posted by: Bill Keller | May 5, 2008 5:30 PM

I thought he was more concerned about his career and image when he commanded Task Force Falcon (Kosovo) in 2000 and it only appeared to be worse when he was a corps commander in 2003. His habit of shifting blame is not limited to detainee abuse

Posted by: Voodoo 6 | May 5, 2008 9:30 PM

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