Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, US Army commander for Southern Iraq, declared that the security situation in Southern Iraq is not fragile. This contradicts recent statements from other military leaders like CENTCOM Commander Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno, the Commander in Iraq. Gareth Porter reports on his conversations with other commanders on the ground in Iraq who support Oates' statement. There seems to be a difference of opinion between the Commander-in-Chief and the field commanders on the situation in Iraq and the proper response to it. TRNN = The Real News Network.
I believe the US military will "rebrand" combat troops--which Obama has promised would be withdrawn by the end of 2011--as 'support troops.' Support troops WILL be necessary there, to support the Trans-Caspian Intervention Force for the foreseeable future...
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