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September 17, 2008


Says Odierno Will Continue To Build on Momentum of the Past Year

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today praised General David Petraeus for his extraordinary leadership and thanked him for a job well done. Today, General Petraeus relinquished his command as Commander of Multi-National Force - Iraq to General Ray Odierno.

"Over the past year, General Petraeus has demonstrated extraordinary ability and deserves our nation's gratitude," Senator Inhofe said. "Thanks to General Petraeus and his leadership, tremendous progress is now being made in Iraq.  I am encouraged to see that the Iraqis are capitalizing on the success of the surge, and beginning to bring about positive change on their own.

"The counterinsurgency strategy has brought about results that are nothing short of remarkable. This never would have been possible if we had yielded to the cut-and-run crowd. If we had failed to keep our commitment there, today Iraq would undoubtedly be more violent and politically unstable, and subject to greater Iranian influence.  Generals Petraeus and Odierno have played an invaluable role in these successes, and will continue to benefit our nation through their leadership in the War on Terror."

"General Odierno, who has worked closely with General Petraeus over the past year, deserves credit for many of the recent successes. He is the right person to succeed General Petraeus, lead our troops and build upon the momentum we have gained over the past year."

In October, General Petraeus will take the helm of United States Central Command, located in Tampa, Florida, where he will be responsible for overseeing operations in the larger Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan.




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