[Guest post by DRJ]
Defense Secretary Gates has recommended General David Petraeus to lead US Central Command with General Ray Odierno slotted to replace Petraeus in Iraq:
“U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus will be nominated to be the next commander of the U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday.
Petraeus, who is currently serving as the commander of the Multinational Force in Iraq and has overseen a dramatic reduction in violence, will replace U.S. Navy Adm. William Fallon, who abruptly retired in March after it was reported that he had substantial policy disagreements with U.S. President George W. Bush over Iran.
As commander of the Central Command, Petraeus would have responsibility over U.S. military operations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa, including both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gates said he recommended Petraeus because of his experience within the region as well as his experience dealing with the asymmetric warfare that characterizes the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I am absolutely confident he’s the best man for the job,” Gates said.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno has been nominated to replace Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Iraq. Odierno previously served as the commander of the Multinational Corps in Baghdad, the U.S. military’s number two position in Iraq.
“He’s known to the Iraqis and has very current experience,” Gates said of Odierno. “He clearly was Gen. Petraeus’s right-hand man during this last year.”
Gates doesn’t foresee any change in the strategy in Iraq.
Hopefully MoveOn.org plans a change in strategy. If not, its organizers are consulting the rhyming dictionary for words that rhyme with Odierno as I write this.