Ex-General - Iraq a 'Nightmare'
Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the U.S. military commander in Iraq is shown in this 2003 file photo in Baghdad.
Asked when the mission was going awry, he responded: "About the 15th of June 2003" — the day he took command.
"There is nothing going on today in Washington that would give us hope" that things are going to change, he said.
"There has been a glaring, unfortunate display of incompetent strategic leadership within our national leaders,...""America continues its desperate struggle in Iraq without any concerted effort to devise a strategy that will achieve 'victory' in that war-torn country or in the greater conflict against extremism," he said.
Not mentioning President Bush, he called the president's troop-escalation "surge" strategy a "desperate attempt by an administration that has not accepted the political and economic realities of this war."
"There is no question America is living a nightmare with no end in sight," he said.