US Cannot Win in Iraq: Gen. Sanchez

4 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>US Cannot Win in Iraq: Gen. Sanchez</h1><p>June 4, 2007 (LPAC): Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, who led coalition forces in Iraq during the first year of the occupation, said in an interview following a speech in San Antonio June 3 that the U.S. cannot win this war. This is the first interview given by Lt. Gen. Sanchez following his retirement last year.</p><p>"I think if we do the right things politically and economically with the right Iraqi leadership we could still salvage at least a stalemate, if you will - not a stalemate but at least stave off defeat," Sanchez said, according to <em>AFP</em> .</p><p>Gen. Sanchez called the situation in Iraq bleak and blamed it on the abysmal performance in the early stages and the transition of sovereignty. He included himself among those who erred in Iraq's first year after the fall of Saddam.</p><p>"We've got to do whatever we can to help the next generation of leaders do better than we have done over the past five years, better than what this cohort of political and military leaders have done," adding that he was referring to our national political leadership in its entirety - not just President George W Bush.</p></div></body>