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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This is one conflict we do not want to get involved in, especially if our involvement "won't be full-on if we do it. It will just be to build confidence, then we will slowly pull ourselves out," according to GEN Odierno. The Kurds love us, but their opinion of us could quickly change if we are seen as protecting outsider Sunnis in what they view as their historic homeland (see Arab-Israeli conflict) or keep allowing our NATO "ally" Turkey to hunt for PKK Kurds in Northern Iraq. We could end up leaving Iraq with the Shiites (Arab and Persian), Sunnis, Kurds, and Turks, all hating us. Don't screw this one up, GEN Odierno.