William E. Odom

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Lieutenant General William E. Odom, U.S. Army (Ret.), was a Senior Fellow with Hudson Institute and a professor at Yale University. From 1985 to 1988, he was the Director of the National Security Agency. From 1977 to 1981, General Odom was Military Assistant to the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs, Zbigniew Brzezinski.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1954, and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1970. He passed away on May 30, 2008

Critic of the Bush Administration

  • Odom says that the U.S. military presence in Iraq is destabilizing the region, and that if we want to support friendly governments we should withdraw.
Vice President Cheney warned that withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq would prompt the collapse of governments in other countries in the region, namely Pakistan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, putting them in the hands of radical Islamist rulers. ... Cheney has it exactly backwards. Our continued entanglement is what is destabilizing the region.

(Source: A reverse domino theory may be playing out in the Middle East - July 17, 2006)

  • "Victory is Not an Option", Washington Post, February 9, 2007.
  • Odom called for withdrawing all troops from Iraq, and said that impeachment may be necessary to achieve this goal. (Sources: Reagan’s NSA Chief: Impeachment May Be Necessary, The Power of Congress to End the War)

Sadly the General passed away on May 30, 2008.


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