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May 5, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

MORE NAMES....Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who was put in charge of Iraq shortly after the invasion, told us last year that Iraq has been a giant clusterfuck run by incompetents and that he'd soon be naming names. This weekend, in Time magazine, he started naming a few (Rumsfeld, Rice, Tenet, Powell, Cheney, Bush, etc.). Today, in the New York Daily News, he names another one: Rudy Giuliani's mobbed-up pal and former police chief Bernie Kerik, who was inexplicably put in charge of training the Iraqi police in May 2003:

"I would be hard-pressed to identify a major national-level success that his organization accomplished in that time," Sanchez told The News...."His whole contribution was a waste of time and effort."

....Sanchez said Kerik focused more on "conducting raids and liberating prostitutes" than training the Iraqis.

"They'd get tips and they'd go and actually raid a whorehouse," Sanchez told The News. "Their focus becomes trying to do tactical police operations in the city of Baghdad, when in fact there is a much greater mission that they should be doing, which is training the police."

Sweet. Via TPMMuckraker.

Kevin Drum 1:14 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (18)

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Thank goodness the adults have been in charge!

Posted by: John McCain: More of the Same on May 5, 2008 at 1:30 PM | PERMALINK

Obviously Sanchez has been double dating with Feith.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 5, 2008 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, that's just what our police do. Prostitutes are less dangerous than real criminals.

Posted by: Speed on May 5, 2008 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

Train cops, or find out where all the whorehouses are. Hey, it's a no-brainer!

Posted by: DCBob on May 5, 2008 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

Did Kerik or his pals liberate the DC Madam?

Nah, too clean a hit for the mafia.

Posted by: absent observer on May 5, 2008 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

I'm heartily sick of these fuckers that decide to tell the truth when it's far too late do do any good to anything but their book sales.


Posted by: thersites on May 5, 2008 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

Of course he wanted to "liberate" prostitutes! Bernie was getting lonely.

Posted by: MeLoseBrain? on May 5, 2008 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

The one good thing about McCain is that he isn't Guiliani. Imagine just the possibility of Kerik as the head of the DOD. It would be like Gonzalez replacing Ashcroft only worse....

Ditto thersites: I wish some of these objections had been voiced when it could have mattered.

Posted by: jen flowers on May 5, 2008 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

Is one of those names Sanchez?

Posted by: Brian on May 5, 2008 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

MY guess is that the book won't get anyone arrested or tried. WE will say nothing while one and all walk away rich and getting richer. (YOUR TAX DOLLARS paid for the whole story in General Sanchez's book and his wages to see it)(interesting book review though)

Posted by: Mike Meyer on May 5, 2008 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

Why is it that, no matter where, no matter what, and no matter which Rethug, it always boils down to sex?
The entire Repuke enterprise, top to bottom (literally, in this case), is just one big superannuated, neurasthenic, white, suburban punk kid with thick glasses and a bad case of acne, who's never gotten laid in his life without paying for it or coercing it.
I swear to G-d, if every reasonably cute leftist (of the appropriate gender for each one) were each to give one Rethug just one sympathy f@¢! apiece, most of the country's problems would be solved.

Posted by: smartalek on May 5, 2008 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

Sanchez is turning into the Jose Canseco of the US Army. Most people who worked with him in Iraq consider him a genuine three-star fuck-up.

Posted by: daveinboca on May 5, 2008 at 6:44 PM | PERMALINK

I watched the video of Sanchez giving that speech about six months ago where he was very critical of the press and more vaguely crictical of others. He did not come across as a very impressive guy. He did come across as bitter and seemd to feel he had not been appreciated.

Posted by: on May 5, 2008 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

Sanchez is a loser. And come on, Bernie did a great job. The Chimp said so:

Oct 3, 2003
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. I'll make a couple of statements. I'm going to ask Bernie Kerik to make a statement, and I'll answer two questions before I go to Milwaukee.

First, I want to welcome Bernie Kerik to the South Lawn, and to the Oval Office. We just had a fascinating discussion about what he did in Iraq, what he saw in Iraq. He can speak for himself. But let me characterize it this way, that he went to help the Iraqis organize a police force. He showed up at times of chaos and confusion. Because of his leadership, his knowledge and his experience, he was able to stand up a police force in Baghdad in a very quick period of time. I think he told me opened up 37 different precinct stations -- 35 different precinct stations. They activated and trained 35,000 Iraqi police force. And that's important because the ultimate solution to the security issues in Iraq is for the Iraqi citizens to manage their own affairs.

37, 35, whatever. Bernie's the man.

Posted by: Don Bacon on May 6, 2008 at 12:44 AM | PERMALINK

That Bernie Kerik - he's such a Maverick!

Posted by: bingo on May 6, 2008 at 12:47 AM | PERMALINK

So that's what we now call what ones does with a prostitute? "Liberate"?

I must remember that this weekend when I approach my wife for sex - tell her that I'm liberating her.

Posted by: scott on May 6, 2008 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK


Specifically I think it is called "Women's lib." At least that is what it means when a Republican talks about Women's Lib.

The term is similar to the "Right to work" laws which allow employers to fire you at any time for any reason. The "Right to work" laws really mean the "Right to work (without the protection of a union contract so you can be fired at any time, place, or for any reason)."

Posted by: Tripp on May 6, 2008 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

Jon Stewart made amusing of Richard Sanchez making use of a latino accent...Sanchez simply spoke his mind. Why should he be fired for that? It isn't antisemitic.

Posted by: chris coupon on October 2, 2010 at 6:12 AM | PERMALINK
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