One of the most damning indictments of US policy in Iraq has been delivered by a retired army General. Ricardo Sanchez commanded the US led coalition in Iraq from June 2003 to July the following year. He did not pull any punches talking to a group of military reporters, calling Iraq a “catastrophe”.
He added America was living a nightmare with no end in sight in Iraq. He reserved his sharpest criticisms for the White House’s National Security council, which was headed during his Iraq tenure by the current secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice. He accused it of adopting an overly military strategy without seeking to mobilise government, and regretted that America has not been fully committed to win the war.