President Barack Obama appears to be encountering resistance from senior U.S. military commanders to his plan for withdrawing combat troops from Iraq over the next 16 months, as some generals apparently hope to delay a U.S. pullout indefinitely.
A key argument against withdrawal from Centcom Commander Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno, the commander in Iraq, is that the situation in Iraq is too unstable to permit any significant drawdown of U.S. troops. However, Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, U.S. Army commander for southern Iraq, contradicted that view by saying that the security situation in his region is not fragile at all.
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Investigative reporter Gareth Porter describes the emerging battle lines between the Petraeus-Odierno faction and President Obama.
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