Gareth Porter: US military leaders are pressuring Obama to cancel his Iraq withdrawal promise

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Gareth Porter: US military leaders are pressuring Obama to cancel his Iraq withdrawal promise

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Generals Seek To Reverse Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Decision

By Gareth Porter
ICH
February 02, 2009 “IPS”

CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 18 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21.

But Obama informed Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that he wasn’t convinced and that he wanted Gates and the military leaders to come back quickly with a detailed 16-month plan, according to two sources who have talked with participants in the meeting.

Obama’s decision to override Petraeus’s recommendation has not ended the conflict between the president and senior military officers over troop withdrawal, however. There are indications that Petraeus and his allies in the military and the Pentagon, including Gen. Ray Odierno, now the top commander in Iraq, have already begun to try to pressure Obama to change his withdrawal policy.

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via Generals Seek To Reverse Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Decision

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4 thoughts on “Gareth Porter: US military leaders are pressuring Obama to cancel his Iraq withdrawal promise

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  4. Insubordination should not be tolerated. Obama is the Commander-in-Chief, Petraeus and his buddies should salute smartly and get busy doing what the President asked, or he should force them out.

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