Tuesday, August 24, 2010
First of the Day: US fatality in Iraq after combat troops pulled
Chulov reports that—
General Raymond Odierno told CNN
the remaining troops could move back to combat if there was "a complete failure of the security forces", or if political divisions split the Iraqi security forces."But we don't see that happening," Odierno said.
There seems to be almost nothing the military can see happening—even as it's happening.
Odierno did move the Iraqi goal post down the road a bit—
General Odierno said today it could take years to determine if the US-led invasion was a success. "
A strong, democratic Iraq will bring stability to the Middle East, and if we see an Iraq that's moving toward that, two, three, five years from now I think we can call our operations a success," he said.
—implicitly admitting that the current Iraq is neither strong and democratic nor bringing stability to the Middle East.
Various interviews and news accounts I've heard over the past few weeks indicate that we are being prepped for "future engagements." (Psst! We can't leave Iraq because it needs protection from the threat of Iran!) This first casualty of the "non-combat" phase of the U.S. occupation sadly will aid in the preparations.news and politics, first of the day, Iraq war, U.S. military casualty, combat troop withdrawal