- The Washington Times - Monday, November 3, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In regards to your article “General holds doubts on Iraq deal,” (Page 1, Friday) the Washington Times did not accurately portray Gen. Ray Odierno’s comments by suggesting that he harbors substantial doubts about an agreement being reached.

The headline completely mischaracterized not only the tenor of his comments but also some of the text in the article itself. By stating that he was “probably a seven or eight” on a scale of 1 to 10 an agreement would be reached he clearly evinced optimism.

It is irresponsible, especially given that many readers scan headlines and leads, to put a powerful headline that so clearly is the opposite of the message presented in the interview.

The prospect of achieving an agreement on the Status of Forces is far too important to the people of Iraq and their need to reach a stable state for anyone to readily dismiss its prospects. We stand, along with much of the Iraqi leadership, most hopeful that we will achieve an agreement.

LT. COL. JAMES

HUTTON

Army

Public Affairs

Multi-National Force

Baghdad

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