Troops in Europe, Mideast speak out on Sanchez’s criticisms
By Steve Mraz, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Troops in Europe and Iraq sounded off Monday on retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez’s recent blunt comments criticizing the handling of the Iraq war and the media’s portrayal of it.
Some troops took strong issue with Sanchez’s comments.
“Does [Sanchez] sleep better at night knowing because he’s no longer a sworn soldier he can just vent, with the possibility that troops here and all over the world can pay for it?” Sgt. Brandon Culpepper, serving in Taji, Iraq, wrote in a letter to Stars and Stripes. “If he was able to bite his tongue during his career, why doesn’t he do the rest of us still serving in Iraq a huge favor: bite harder!”
Others were in agreement with Sanchez that there is no end in sight in Iraq.