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.
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