Gov. Brad Henry got some face time with the new American commander of the multinational forces during his unannounced trip this week to Iraq.
The governor in a telephone interview yesterday from Kuwait told the Capitol press corps his biggest thrill was getting to spend time with some of the Oklahoma National Guardsmen stationed in Iraq.
He said he was impressed with Gen. David Patraeus during a briefing Tuesday in Baghdad. Others in the meeting were Zalmay Khalilizad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and several cabinet members of the Iraqi government.
He said Patraeus comes across as a “very no-nonsense person” and dedicated.
“I wouldn’t want to get in his way when he’s on mission,” Henry said. “I think he sincerely believes that they can succeed in Iraq.”