As Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno prepares to retire after a long and distinguished career, he said in an interview he has a few regrets. Odierno was one of the forces behind the successful “surge” in Iraq. Speaking with Fox News, the General indicated his recommendation that we leave a substantial standing force in Iraq on the order of tens of thousands would have prepared U.S. forces to respond to contingencies in the region.
Instead, his input was ignored in favor of a swift pull-out of the American presence. Did that have any influence on the loss of large parts of Iraq and the rise of ISIS? The General had several things to say on those matters.
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