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April 23, 2008


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calling it the “right move at the right time,” U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the announcement that General David Petraeus, current Commander of Multi-National Force – Iraq, will become Commander of United States Central Command (US CENTCOM) – the U.S. military’s command in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

            Senator Inhofe also welcomed the announcement that Lieutenant General Ray Odierno will replace Petraeus and will be tasked with commanding Coalition Forces in the country.
            “This is the right move at the right time. No one understands the situation in Iraq better than these two gentlemen,” Inhofe said. “A great trust and unity of purpose has developed between them, and it is imperative that we leverage their shared expertise to capitalize on our post-surge successes.
            “General David Petraeus is a proven leader, and as Commander of US CENTCOM he will be well positioned to further influence the broader strategic mission in the region. His ability to defeat the enemy in a complex counterinsurgency environment is unparalleled.
            “Prior to his recent confirmation hearing to be Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, I had the opportunity to discuss the situation in Iraq with Lieutenant General Odierno and was greatly impressed by him. I believe that his presence in our endeavor in Iraq is critical.”





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