This Week: In Memoriam

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this Week with George Stephanopoulos notes the passings of director-actor-producer Sidney Pollack, french fry magnate J.R. Simplot, actor Harvey Korman as well as 9 troop members in Iraq and Afghanistan, which, according to, brings the casualty count for Iraq to 4,397. IBC reports 191 Iraqi civilian casualties this week.

Also, reported today, Gen. William E. Odom passed away:

William E. Odom, 75, a retired Army lieutenant general who was a senior military and intelligence official in the Carter and Reagan administrations and who, in recent years, became a forceful critic of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, died May 30 at his vacation home in Lincoln, Vt. [..]

He had a reputation as a military hard-liner who opposed any compromise with the Soviet Union, which made his vocal opposition to the current involvement in Iraq all the more cogent and surprising.

"Among senior military people, he was probably the first to consider the war in Iraq a misbegotten adventure," Brzezinski said yesterday. "He believed that we're just stoking hostility to the United States in that region and developing an opposition that cannot be defeated by military means. He was very outspoken."


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