What do Dems believe?

Republicans are able to distill their ideas down into a couple of key words or phrases.  Democrats seem to get tongue-tied in a cacophony of noises that seems to resemble an epileptic seizure.  It is a list of five basic principles which I think cover most of the Democratic, liberal, progressive thinking.  I hope this catches on.

Stronger America
Prosperity for All
Better Future
Effective Government
Mutual Responsibility

I decided to re-post this because I believe that these concepts are important. 

Sanchez gets fired

From CNN.com

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who served a tumultuous year as commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, retired from the Army on Wednesday, calling his career a casualty of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

“That’s the key reason, the sole reason, that I was forced to retire,” Sanchez said for a story in Thursday’s editions of The (McAllen) Monitor. “I was essentially not offered another position in either a three-star or four-star command.”

Sanchez had been a candidate to become the next commander of U.S. Southern Command but was passed over after the prisoner abuse scandal exploded into an international controversy. He was criticized by some for not doing more to avoid mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners.

An Army spokeswoman declined comment early Thursday.  more

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Sanchez got fired for a number of failures.  Abu Ghraib was just his biggest and most public.  He continued a failed policy.  He didn’t recognize that he was fighting an insurgency until the insurgency was kickin’ our butt 24/7.  He was asleep at the wheel.