Monday, June 8, 2009

Former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq Calls for Accountability for War Crimes

The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Ricardo Sanchez, is now calling for an investigation of Bush-era policies. According to PR-Newswire:

General Sanchez, the former top coalition commander in Iraq, called for a Truth Commission so we might fully understand the failure of the military and civilian command to honor the pledge of our constitution.

Sanchez, the first General to go on record to call for a Truth Commission, stressed that the outcome must embrace a variety of solutions, including prosecution.

Last week also brought to light two under-reported stories: 1) Cheney personally led secret Congressional briefings on torture methods, and 2) as early as 2004, the Red Cross privately expressed concerns to Colin Powell that U.S. detention and interrogation methods violated international law.

I think one of the reasons we're not seeing more pressure on these charges from Democrats is because it is not a purely Red-state or Bush-Cheney problem, and that politicians on all sides, Republicans and Democrats, will be implicated.

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