"Sliding Backwards in Iraq"
Published in Foreign Policy in Focus
by Raed Jarrar and Erik Leaver
“Last week, President Obama’s out-of-control military brass once again leaked a statement contrary to the president’s position. This time the statement came from Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, whoofficially requested to keep a combat brigade in the northern part of the country beyond the August 2010 deadline.
Floating this idea just two weeks before the Iraqi national elections is dangerous for Iraqi democracy, for U.S. soldiers on the ground, and for the future of U.S.-Iraqi relations.”