Ex-Petraeus top aide balks at Obama plan
A former top aide to Gen. David Petraeus criticized President Barack Obama's decision to remove combat troops from Iraq within 19 months, saying he "assumed more risk than he should have" in order to fulfill a campaign promise. Peter Mansoor, who served as executive officer to Petraeus during his time in Iraq, contended in a visit to Manhattan that the military's own 36-month timetable for a drawdown was "much less risky." That's because it would have left heavy U.S. forces in Iraq through the upcoming Iraqi elections and the subsequent jockeying for positions in the national government. By ordering a...snip
By ordering a faster pullout, Obama "has created a new perception in the minds of the Iraqi people" that the U.S. is cutting ties, and that Iraqi politicians in the elections will "begin posturing themselves for the day after" the U.S. troops leave.