The Corner

The Land of Opportunity

From John F. Burns in the NYT:

General Sanchez began life at the bottom of the American pyramid, going to work as a dry cleaner’s delivery boy at the age of 6 to augment welfare payments that supported his Mexican-American family in Rio Grande City, Tex., a few miles from the border that his paternal grandfather first crossed in the early 1900’s. Now, addressing “the problem we have to solve,” he is into his eighth month as commander of 125,000 American troops in Iraq, the most coveted and challenging field command for any American officer since the Vietnam War.