Monday, October 15, 2007

Sanchez: Why isn't he accountable?

"Who will demand accountability for the failure of our national political leaders involved in the management of this war? They have unquestionably been derelict in the performance of their duty."

So says General Ricardo Sanchez. More and more people are asking that question. But it is old news now: virtually everyone in sight has pointed to the blunders of the current administration. Why didn’t those like Sanchez who were well positioned at the time, raise these kinds of questions before the disastrous actions were taken? The only surmise that makes sense to me is the fear of being summarily fired as General Shenseki was for raising such questions. Could the military leadership not have joined in common cause to resist – no, condemn – disastrous policy? At some point the military leadership must accept responsibility for their failure to expose the folly of the Bush administration’s agendas. There really was scarce evidence for a preemptive war and yet a small cabal within the administration made it happen. Scary. And not only that, a small cabal has encouraged a whole series of faulty decisions that the American public and the world are now burdened with: warrentless wiretaps on American citizens, torture of prisoners, or remanding of prisoners to countries already used to torturing its own citizens, renunciation of the Kyoto treaty, tax cuts for the super-rich – not to mention the assignment of incompetent cronies to important positions of responsibility.

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