Longer U.S. Presence in Iraq Might Have Prevented ISIS, Says Odierno

Posted July 27, 2015 at 5:00am

“The Army’s top officer, who spent more than four years as a commander in Iraq, said it’s been ‘frustrating’ to see Iraq ‘falling apart’ at the hands of the Islamic State terror group,” writes Army Times .  

“Odierno, who commanded a division and a corps in Iraq before becoming the top U.S. commander in country, spoke to Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin as he prepares to complete his tenure as chief and retire from the Army.”  

“It’s impossible to know how Iraq would have turned out or if keeping U.S. troops in Iraq would have stopped the rise of the Islamic State group, Odierno said. ‘I believe that, I think, maybe, if we had stayed a little more engaged, I think maybe it might have prevented it,’ he told Fox News.”