General Ray Odierno, the outgoing chief of staff of the Army, blamed President Obama's disengagement from Iraq for the country falling apart. He made the comments in an interview tonight on Fox News:
"Well, it's frustrating to watch it," Odierno said of the collapse of Iraq. "I think a lot of hard work into that. And we thought we had it going exactly in the right direction. But now we watch it fall apart--it's frustrating."
Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin asked, "Did it have to be this way?"
"I think maybe if we had stayed a little bit more engaged, I think maybe it might have prevented it. I've always believed that the United States played the role of honest broker between all the groups. And when we pulled ourselves out we lost that role as honest broker," Odierno said, blaming Obama for disengaging from Iraq without explicitly naming his boss.
At what point do we—the institution and our nation—lose our soldiers’ trust? The trust that we will provide them the right resources—the training and equipment—to properly prepare them and lead them into harm’s way. Trust that we will appropriately take care of our soldiers, our civilians, and their families, who so selflessly sacrifice so much.
President Barack Obama named nominees of new military brass today, on Memorial Day, for the positions of chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, vice chair of the Joint Chiefs, and chief of staff of the Army. USA Today reports: