Exclusive: Iraq commander says Iraqi election outcome key to U.S. withdrawal

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One day after President Barack Obama pledged that America would begin to "responsibly leave Iraq to its people," Gen. Ray Odierno, the commanding U.S. general in Iraq, said that if the country held peaceful elections this year, the relative calm that had settled on Iraq would be "irreversible."

Iraq is to hold provincial elections Jan. 31 and national elections at the end of this year.

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