Saturday, November 26, 2005

Great Pieces by General Odom

Retired General William Odom wrote an excellent piece for the Nieman Watchdog, an online pub funded by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

In his last piece for, retired Gen. William Odom argued that all the terrible things the Bush administration says would happen if we pulled our troops out of Iraq are happening already. In a new postscript, Odom writes that the converse is true as well: Bush says he wants to bring democracy and stability to the greater Middle East -- but in fact the only way to achieve that goal is to get out of Iraq now.

General Odom wrote another piece a couple of months ago addressing some very important questions:

Here are some of the arguments against pulling out:
1) We would leave behind a civil war.
2) We would lose credibility on the world stage.
3) It would embolden the insurgency and cripple the move toward democracy.
4) Iraq would become a haven for terrorists.
5) Iranian influence in Iraq would increase.
6) Unrest might spread in the region and/or draw in Iraq's neighbors.
7) Shiite-Sunni clashes would worsen.
8) We haven't fully trained the Iraqi military and police forces yet.
9) Talk of deadlines would undercut the morale of our troops.

He then outlines question by question how each one is a faulty argument against leaving, and how by staying these problems will persist.


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