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    General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission

    Posted: May 31, 2009 10:58 PM
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    Jack Hidary: General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission


    In front of a packed audience tonight at the Times Center in New York City, General Ricardo Sanchez, the former commander of all coalition forces in Iraq, called for a truth commission to investigate the abuses and torture which occurred there.

    The General described the failures at all levels of civilian and military command that led to the abuses in Iraq, "and that is why I support the formation of a truth commission."

    The General went on to say that, "during my time in Iraq there was not one instance of actionable intelligence that came out of these interrogation techniques."

    I interviewed General Sanchez after the event and asked him to elaborate on why he felt the US needed such a commission. "For the American people to really know what happened, " he replied, "...this was an institutional failure, a personal failure on the part of many...."

    "If we do not find out what happened," continued the General, "then we are doomed to repeat

    So the commander of Iraqi forces says "during my time in Iraq there was not one instance of actionable intelligence that came out of these interrogation techniques."
    This is the opposite of what Dick Cheney is saying..who's telling the truth here...Cheney with obvious desires to save his hide? Or the commander of the Iraqi forces who has nothing to hide and obviously wants to reveal the truth?

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    Re: General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission

    Care to comment on the General's point of View TD?

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    Re: General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission

    A yes the lefts favorite warcriminal.

    Lets see General Richard Sanchez commander in Iraq prior to Patreus an the surge.

    Rick Sanchez the mass murdering imperialistic warmonger who lies about everything for the evil Bush administraton!!!

    THE GENERAL WHO MUST BE REPLACED TO "CHANGE COURSE"!!!!


    When replaced by Petraues he complain but wasn't useful until the USA started WINNING in Iraq then his comments became useful to the trash.


    You Far Lefties are such two faced jokes.

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    Re: General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission

    I'd really be interested to know why these military generals are suddenly changing their stance. Is it because their jobs were in jeopardy if they didn't agree with the sitting administration? Anyone on the left who is applauding what these generals are saying should question their motives and question why they didn't speak up sooner before being so quick to celebrate.

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    Re: General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission

    Who is applauding these comments? Who is celebrating?
    Last edited by goldendog; 06-01-09 at 05:43 PM.

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    Re: General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    I'd really be interested to know why these military generals are suddenly changing their stance. Is it because their jobs were in jeopardy if they didn't agree with the sitting administration? Anyone on the left who is applauding what these generals are saying should question their motives and question why they didn't speak up sooner before being so quick to celebrate.
    Moon has already elaborated on this in other threads, and I concur with him. Generals simply do not come out against their Commander in Chief. They soldier, they do their jobs. These men can speak freely now that the administration is not likely to hold their words against them.

    Their new Commander in Chief wants to put this nation on the right course with regard to torture and inhumane treatment of our captives. To that end Sanchez and Patraeus' comments are not contrary, but complimentary, to the direction of the new administration.

    To make these statements during Bush's tenure as President would have been undermining the highest in the chain of command. Soldiers do not do that. Things have changed now. They are free to critique past strategy and discuss the good and the bad.
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    *insert profound statement here*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    Moon has already elaborated on this in other threads, and I concur with him. Generals simply do not come out against their Commander in Chief. They soldier, they do their jobs. These men can speak freely now that the administration is not likely to hold their words against them.

    Their new Commander in Chief wants to put this nation on the right course with regard to torture and inhumane treatment of our captives. To that end Sanchez and Patraeus' comments are not contrary, but complimentary, to the direction of the new administration.

    To make these statements during Bush's tenure as President would have been undermining the highest in the chain of command. Soldiers do not do that. Things have changed now. They are free to critique past strategy and discuss the good and the bad.
    That may be so, but we should still remain at least somewhat skeptical.

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    Re: General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    Who is applauding these comments? Who is celebrating?
    Are you seriously trying to assert that people on the left aren't celebrating a little that these generals are finally agreeing with what they've thought all along about the Iraq war?

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    Re: General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    That may be so, but we should still remain at least somewhat skeptical.
    Oh there will be plenty of skepticism, which is why we should do exactly as General Sanchez suggests and have a commission investigate.
    *insert profound statement here*

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    Re: General Rick Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    Oh there will be plenty of skepticism, which is why we should do exactly as General Sanchez suggests and have a commission investigate.
    Well, I agree with that completely. And no doubt a lot of people on the right have already thrown General Patraeus under the bus for making his comments, I'm sure they'll have no qualms about doing it to General Sanchez, if they aren't already doing so.

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