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Via Andrew Sullivan, a transcript of an interview between radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt and retired U.S. Army General William Eldridge Odom. Odom thinks the U.S. should pull out of Iraq as soon as possible, and his arguments make interesting reading -- this is not your typical lefty anti-war rhetoric -- but what really struck me about the conversation was the overall tone. On the one hand, you've got a conservative pundit who clearly doesn't like what he's hearing but respects the person he's hearing it from too much to just blow him off, and on the other, you've got a no-nonsense career officer who seems baffled and more than a little annoyed by the notion that it matters whether you like your options.

As an aside, Odom's comments on the difference between liberal and illiberal democracies reminded me again just how lucky I am to have been born in America -- and no, I'm not being sarcastic.

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scarlettina
Feb. 24th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Fascinating stuff. Thanks for the link!
the_monkey_king
Feb. 25th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for the pointer. Fun interview.
thija
Feb. 25th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Read it too.
An Inconvenient Message indeed this General has: "We can't do it .... We can't affect it .... We can't prevent it ...."
finsterstern
Feb. 26th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
thanks
indeed some very very interesting reading.

may I dare to say that this is one of the first US military (or military in general [no pun intended]) I like. And I perfectly agree with you, the overall tone one senses grows more and more unintentionally-funny as the conversation progresses. I felt I could almost hear the steam emerging from some of Odom's later lines...
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