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Top U.S. General in Iraq Says U.S. Won’t Be Invited to Stick Around

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Posted on Mar 10, 2009
U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Curt Cashour

Gen. Ray Odierno, center, patrols the grounds near Arab Jabour, Iraq, with his posse in 2007.

Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said he doesn’t expect the Iraqi government to ask U.S. troops to remain beyond the 2011 deadline. “I think that the Iraq leadership is focused on that this ends in 2011,” Odierno told the Associated Press. If security allows, the number of U.S. troops to be withdrawn this year will increase 3,500 (one brigade) over the number of 12,000 previously announced, the general said.

President Obama’s withdrawal plan calls for most troops to come home by September 2010, but some 50,000 security troops would remain. Those troops are required to leave by the end of 2011 under an agreement negotiated between the Iraqi government and the Bush administration.

Odierno said he did not expect that deadline to be renegotiated, but added ominously, “I never say never.”

AP via Google:

The general said he has not discussed the possibility of extending the U.S. military’s stay — to fight insurgents and train national security forces — with Iraq officials. And it may be too early to predict whether that will happen, Odierno said.

Still, “the progress we’re making now and what I see today, I say that I don’t see anything that would have us have to re-negotiate in 2011,” Odierno said.

“But again, I never say never,” he added.

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By coloradokarl, March 11, 2009 at 12:12 am Link to this comment

Hey Iraq !!  Kick us out by the end of the year and we won’t TAKE that $90 Billion you have in the Bank.  This can’t be over soon enough.  WAR SUCKS !!

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By tropicgirl, March 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment

So, Odierno, you’ve brought us around to the proverbial square ONE with many, many unnecessary lives lost.

It seems you people in the military are somewhat mentally challenged, perhaps due to all the white phosphorus you rained down on friend and foe and child alike. So let me help you out a little.

When you occupy a country, killing and maiming innocent men, elderly, women and children, they don’t like it. Even if they may have liked you before.

When you stay there for years and years with no clear objective, taking their money, bombing their houses, with your overpowering force, people tend to keep their mouthes shut and do what they are told.

When you, the country and the entire world have come to the conclusion that you must finally get out, because you never had a reason to be there in the first place, and you leave in large groups, with smaller groups left behind, what do you think will happen? Nothing bad? Do you think everyone will thank you as you go? Maybe an escort with flowers and wine? I perceive that they will kill you as you go.

You moron.

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