A lot of people are touting the recent public statements of retired General Ricardo Sanchez, who was the commander in chief of coalition forces in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. His criticisms of the Bush administration’s management of the war have become major talking points among those who oppose the war.
I know I don’t have the best memory in the world, but I seem to recall a few key facts, both from reality and the anti-war narrative:
- The prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib were a major black eye to the US.
- According to the anti-war side, the responsibility for the abuses stretched all the way up to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush.
- According to the Army, the responsibility for the abuses started with the guards who carried them out and reached up to the commander of the prison, General Janis Karpinski.
Now, if the left’s allegations are to be taken at face value, then the officers in the chain of command between Karpinski and Rumsfeld are also liable for allowing those abuses to happen — and right smack dab in the middle of that chain was General Sanchez.
So, let’s see… I guess the prior criticisms and complaints about Sanchez are no longer “operative” now that he’s saying the “right” things about President Bush. And if he happens to mix them in with equal criticism for Congress and even more complaints of the media, they can be swept under the rug and buried — the only important thing he had to say was about Bush, after all.
Have I got it about right?