Gen. Ray Odierno on The Colbert Report

June 9, 2009
By magintern
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Now for some needed late-afternoon levity. Gen. Ray Odierno ’86 MSE, Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq, was on The Colbert Report last night and talked with Stephen Colbert, who’s visiting Iraq this week with the USO, about the progress being made there. They were interrupted by a taped message from President Barack Obama, who ordered Odierno to shave Colbert’s head, to the delight of the soldiers in the audience.

NC State magazine interviewed Odierno in 2004, shortly after he orchestrated the capture of Saddam Hussein. Odierno, who succeeded Gen. David Petraeus, was responsible for implementing the counterinsurgency strategy that led to the dramatic decrease in violence in Iraq in 2007 and 2008.


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