William Odom Quotes

15 William Odom quotes:

"While people out there on the spot certainly have to be held accountable for what they've done personally, the chain of command responsibility for this strikes me as just as important and should be dealt with."
"In fact, it struck me when we invaded last year that if we did it without European and East Asian support, we were risking losing our alliance in Europe in exchange for Iraq, and that is a very undesirable exchange."
"So the idea that you could put Kurds, Shiite Arabs, and Sunni Arabs in a nice, liberal, federal system in Iraq in a short amount of time, six months or a year, boggles the mind."
"The whole notion of land property rights in the Arab world is different from that in Europe."
"Therefore, once U.S. forces leave, it is almost inevitable that an anti-Western, anti-U.S. regime will arise."
"We need to go to the niceties of approaching the U. N. and let them have a chance to take it over, but we should set some sort of date and begin to move out and leave it to whoever takes over."
"In reality, I don't think that many of the policies we've attempted to apply to deal with it are going to have any serious effect."
"I have never belonged to a party. I don't have party affiliation."
"Second, recent polls over there show that the majority of Iraqis want us to leave precipitously."
"I will make a general statement that we have not had anything like the policy of holding people in high office responsible for their acts that I think we should."
"Military officers from different countries, when they meet each other, tend to sort of fall in love, become mutual admiration societies, at the expense of realities."
"It was, however, in the interest of Osama bin Laden for us to destroy a secular Arab leader; it was very much in the interest of the Iranians because they wanted revenge against Saddam Hussein for Iraq's invasion in 1980."
"It was not in our interest to enter Iraq in the first place."
"We've already seen proliferation. We started it with Britain, then France. Then we benignly let the Israelis do it. The Pakistanis and the Indians have recently done it. The Chinese have nuclear weapons."
"To say that you now trust the Russian military command and control system because some Russian general told you from the bottom of his heart that's the case, strikes me as most unrealistic."

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