Information Clearing House reports on testimony from William E. Odom, LT General, USA, Ret. to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Iraq.
“We are being asked by the president to believe that this shift of so much power and finance to so many local chieftains is the road to political centralization. He describes the process as building the state from the bottom up. I challenge you to press the administration’s witnesses this week to explain this absurdity. Ask them to name a single historical case where power has been aggregated successfully from local strong men to a central government except through bloody violence leading to a single winner, most often a dictator.”
Straight talk from an informed man.