US Army Gen. Odierno Retires amid Controversy over Iraq Remarks

Fall in line with the liars in the White House or get purged like this respected General. It remains to be seen how long Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner will last given his statement regarding ISIS gaining ground. All branches are being purged of those who hold the line against the Obama administration, or are Christian.

 

Army Gen. Ray Odierno retires as the 38th Chief of Staff in a ceremony Aug. 14, 2015 at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Spc. Cody Torkelson)

 

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno headed into retirement Friday amid controversy over his recent remarks on Iraq that were challenged by the Baghdad government, the State Department and now U.S. Central Command.

When asked if CentCom agreed with Odierno’s assessment that the campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq was essentially at a “stalemate,” Air Force Col. Pat Ryder, the chief spokesman for the command, said Friday, “No, I don’t agree with that.”

In an audio briefing to Pentagon reporters, Ryder said that coalition airstrikes backing the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Kurdish peshmerga forces had reduced the areas controlled by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria by 25-30 percent.

“It’s going to be a long fight,” he said, but “I think we are continuing to put pressure on ISIL,” another acronym for ISIS.

In his final Pentagon news conference on Wednesday, Odierno also riled the Baghdad government of President Haider al-Abadi by suggesting the possibility that the sectarian rifts at the root of Iraq’s political divides might lead to the partition of the country into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish sectors.

The controversy appeared to be forgotten at the formal change-of-command ceremony Friday at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, where Odierno stepped down as the 38th Army chief of staff and was succeeded by Gen. Mark Milley.

Odierno said he was leaving to Milley an Army “feared by our enemies” and admired by allies. Milley said of the 6-foot-5 soldier, “You are in fact a giant of a man,” as well as a “moral giant” who “led the Army through difficult times” in the drawdowns from Iraq and Afghanistan and in the budget battles with Congress.

Odierno said Wednesday that he was “frustrated” by what has happened in Iraq since the troop withdrawals. His frustrations have been examined at length by his former political advisor Emma Sky, the British Mideast specialist, in recent articles and in her book, “The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq.”

Odierno told her, “My greatest fear is that we stabilize Iraq, then hand it over to the Iranians in our rush to the exit,” Sky wrote. “I’ve invested too much here to simply walk away and let that happen.”

Full article: US Army Gen. Odierno Retires amid Controversy over Iraq Remarks (Military.com)

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