[…] [About the Iraq war] – “There is no question that America is living a nightmare with no end in sight,” retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez told a convention of military journalists on Friday. […]
But why didn’-t he come forward before, then?
[…] Asked why he did not speak out about his concerns, Sanchez said general officers take an oath to carry out the orders of the president while in uniform. “The last thing that America wants, the last thing that you want, is for currently serving general officers to stand up against our political leadership,” he said. However, general officers do have the option of stepping down if they disagree with the country’-s leaders. Sanchez said he felt he could not resign and go public with his reservations while he was in Iraq, because he feared that move could further jeopardize troops serving there. “I think once you are retired, you have a responsibility to the nation, to your oath, to the country, to state your opinion,” he said.
We can’-t rely on retirees to tell us the truth. We need an anonymous information aggregation mechanism that gives an incentive to people who come forward with advanced information: the prediction markets.