Odierno Named One of Nation’s Top Leaders

November 16, 2009
By Chris Richter

US News & World Report recently recognized Gen. Ray Odierno ’86 MSE as one of America’s Best Leaders for 2009. He’s the commanding general of Multi-National Force-Iraq and, as Time wrote in late 2008, “helped develop the military’s surge strategy — which contributed hugely to the reduction of violence in much of the country.” He also led the soldiers who captured former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in late 2003. US News writes:

Odierno has also scrutinized the career of George Marshall. “He understood fighting” as well as politics. “Those qualities were something I wanted.” In Iraq, he applies them. “The military solution cannot solve our problems,” he says. “It must be a civil-military solution.”

The Washington Post had an excellent piece on Gen. Odierno earlier this year; 60 Minutes interviewed him after he took over U.S. forces in Iraq about a year ago; and we talked to him in 2003, three days after Saddam Hussein’s capture. Here’s the 60 Minutes interview:


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