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AUDIO: General William Odom Says Congress Should Impeach and Stop Funding the Occupation

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In a wide-ranging hour-long discussion on live radio, General William Odom said he sees two useful things Congress can do: cease funding the occupation of Iraq, and impeach Bush and Cheney.

General Odom earned a national reputation as an expert on the Soviet Union. In 1977, he was appointed as the military assistant to Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish assistant to the president (Carter) for national security affairs. From 2 November 1981 to 12 May 1985, Odom served as the Army’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence. From 1985 to 1988, he served as the director of the National Security Agency, the United States’ largest intelligence agency, under president Ronald Reagan.

Odom was energized during the radio show and continued the discussion off the air, at which point he told me he'd wished to mention that al Qaeda's websites show a new theme: al Qaeda wants to get the United States to attack Iran. Odom remarked on a situation in which Lieberman, Olmert, and al Qaeda all agree.

In addition to Iraq and Iran, we discussed on the air the question of the NSA's warrantless spying, not that the NSA couldn't hear us off the air as well.

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