"Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for the Baghdad security command, said the blast walls would vanish from highways and secondary roads within 40 days, marking the first time the government has provided a timeline for their removal.
Some Western media organizations and embassies based outside the Green Zone have quietly lobbied the Iraqi government to delay the move, which has been widely discussed for months, fearing that their compounds will become more vulnerable.
"No exceptions will be made," Moussawi said in a statement." Washpost
Christopher "The Mouth" Matthews once asked with regard to Iraq, "Who is in charge there? (Iraq). Since the Iraqis did not bother to inform Odierno or the US ambassador of this timeline and decision, I suppose that question is now settled.
Last week Michael Gordon of the New York Times published an internal policy think piece from Odierno's staff. Judy Miller isn't around any more, so Gordon must have come up with this act of public service all by himself. This memo recommended a quicker departure from Iraq for US combat units because the Iraqi Government and people (less the Kurds) want us gone. In response Ray Odierno, master of an ever shrinking kingdom in that sad country, repudiated the memo saying that the work of the US in Iraq was not done because Iraq was not yet "secure, stable, sovereign and self-reliant." Hmm. Well, there you go again, general. It will be few years, decades, centuries before those goals are achieved. President Obama has announced US policy with regard to Iraq. The end of 2011 is THE END. Get it? Will it be necessary for you to be "perp walked" out to the airplane on the way to your confirmaton hearing to be Army chief of staff?
Colonel Reese is right. The long neocon adventure in Iraq is ending soon. I do not know Reese but on behalf of colonels everywhere, I would like to acknowledge the continuing indifference to other people's fate displayed by Michael Gordon.
Attaboy, Mike. you really screwed this guy. pl