Ex-US Commander in Iraq Bashes Bush in Memoir

President once proclaimed, 'Kick ass!'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 12:11 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who led US forces in Iraq for a year after Saddam’s ouster, says George W. Bush “led America into a strategic blunder of historic proportions” in a memoir the Washington Post deems “lost in the media furor” over Scott McClellan's. Sanchez recounts a presidential video-conference pep talk in 2004: “Kick ass! If somebody tries to stop the march to democracy, we will seek them out and kill them!

“We must be tougher than hell!” Bush continued. “Our will is being tested, but we are resolute. We have a better way. Stay strong! Stay the course! Kill them! Be confident! Prevail! We are going to wipe them out! We are not blinking!”