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Will US Leave Iraq On Time?

Genereal Raymond Odierno, who heads American forces in Iraq insists that overall violence in the country had dramatically declined from levels that were common a few years ago. But, he admitted there “are still some elements” in Iraq who are committed to violence and disruption of the government. When questioned as to the need for a continued American presence in the country, he responded: “if we believe we ned troops to maintain a presence in some of the cities, we’ll recommend that, but ultimately, it will be a decision of Prime Minister Maliki.” However he does not see any need to alter current programs in operation.

General Odierno may be accurate in one sense by claiming the ultimate decision as to whether American troops remain is up to Prime Minister Maliki, but the real decision rests in the hands of President Obama.