Chimpy’s general talks the talk…
Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez on Saturday urged Texas A&M University graduates entering the military to maintain high moral standards and treat people with dignity and respect.
“Be a leader of character and embrace the ethics of our profession of arms,” Sanchez said. “Uphold its standards and always do the right thing — even when no one is watching.”
“Having high moral standards is something that has stuck with me throughout my entire career and it is the fundamental value system of our military and our Army,” he said.
“I am absolutely convinced that if you stick with the value systems that we embrace as warriors, that will serve through any crisis.”
He told the graduates that they must be the moral leaders of their organizations and that their “moral courage will be tested very quickly.”
“Never compromise your honor, and ensure that your integrity is absolute,” he said.
…fails to walk the walk,
A memo signed by Lieutenant General Ricardo A. Sanchez authorizing 29 interrogation techniques, including 12 which far exceeded limits established by the Army’s own Field Manual, was made public for the first time by the American Civil Liberties Union today.
“General Sanchez authorized interrogation techniques that were in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions and the Army’s own standards,” said ACLU attorney Amrit Singh. “He and other high-ranking officials who bear responsibility for the widespread abuse of detainees must be held accountable.”
The Sanchez memo dated September 14, 2003, specifically allows for interrogation techniques involving the use of military dogs specifically to “Exploit(s) Arab fear of dogs…,” isolation, and stress positions.
…unless you’re talking about the perp walk.
The American Civil Liberties Union Thursday asked U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for a perjury investigation of the former theater commander in Iraq.
The ACLU said a newly released memo sent by Lt. Gen Ricardo Sanchez flatly contradicts his sworn testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in which he denied authorizing highly coercive interrogation methods of detainees.