Ain't that the nuts....,
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shorter bushbeat/village voice:
cuz they really go on longer than necessary:
According to the New York Times (6/20/05) Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez is once again being considered for a promotion to Southern Command, elevating him to four star general, and claims further "that an Army inquiry has cleared General Sanchez of wrongdoing".
Knight-Ridder reported (8/26/04) that:
'Lt. Gen. Anthony Jones, who was asked to investigate the culpability of higher-ranking officers, said he found Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and his deputy, Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski, responsible for failing "to ensure proper staff oversight of detention and interrogation procedures."'
On September 9th, 2004 former Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger reported to Congress, echoing similar statements by General Paul Kern, in defiance of plain english, that Sanchez was "responsible" for creating an environment that contributed to the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, but not directly "culpable."
Those "responsible" have not been held accountable. According to Schlesinger's report: "Lieutenant General Sanchez signed a memo authorizing a dozen interrogation techniques beyond standard Army practice, including five beyond those applied at Guantanamo. ... using reasoning from the president's memo of February the 7th, 2002."
It flies in the face of all reason that the man who authorized the use of torture should be passed over for censure and then, after the story has been forgotten under a blizzard of other scandals, promoted.