Fresh Paint
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
No Imminent Threat
Defense Officials: General Sanchez Reassignment Not Linked to Prison Scandal
Defense officials say the top U.S. commander in Iraq will be replaced, but they indicate the move is not imminent and categorically reject suggestions it has any connection to the Iraqi prisoner-abuse scandal. Army Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez has been in Iraq for nearly 14 months, longer than most American military personnel deployed there.

That is why senior defense officials say he is due for reassignment and not, as some news reports have suggested, because General Sanchez has been singled out for punishment in connection with the abuse of Iraqi detainees by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad.
No, of course it's not because of the scandal. Torturing people for 14 months doesn't make you insane, of course it doesn't. If the Voice of America says it, it must be true.

Mid-Afternoon update: still playing with the damn camera. Spooky trees and pretty flowers will be arriving shortly...

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