Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rags-to-Riches Soldier Takes on Perilous Post.(Final)(Editorial)


Iraqi tensions and danger to American soldiers have heightened over the past week, leading some analysts to predict open revolt as a possible next step.

Into this angry atmosphere, exacerbated in the capital city by a lack of electricity for nearly a week, steps Ricardo S. Sanchez, the soft-spoken embodiment of a rags-to-riches story.

Sanchez of Rio Grande City, Texas, rose to the rank of three-star general earlier this month and has taken command of the U.S. Army's V Corps and all coalition ground forces in Iraq.

It falls to him and the nearly 200,000 American and British troops in Iraq to try to bring peace to this fractious, war-torn country of 24 million -- a near impossible task. …

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