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Retired Gen. Sanchez savages Iraq policy


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By ERIC ROSENBERG

Copyright 2007 Hearst News Service

WASHINGTON — Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the former top military commander in Iraq, on Friday delivered a blistering critique of U.S. involvement in the Iraq conflict, calling American political leaders "incompetent."

Addressing an audience of journalists who cover the military, Sanchez said the armed force's mission to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein was flawed from the start.

National leaders, said Sanchez, "have unquestionably been derelict in the performance of their duty. In my profession, these types of leaders would immediately be relieved or court-martialed."

On the U.S. occupation amid continuing sectarian strife in Iraq, Sanchez said: "There is no question that America is living a nightmare with no end in sight."

Sanchez — the most senior retired U.S. commander in Iraq to criticize the Bush administration — called the White House's post-invasion plans "unrealistically optimistic" and "catastrophically flawed."

Full story: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5210980.html

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