Analysis of the Surge in Iraq
Army Colonel (Ret.) Peter Mansoor talked about the strategy of the military surge in Iraq. He emphasized that of greater importance… read more
Army Colonel (Ret.) Peter Mansoor talked about the strategy of the military surge in Iraq. He emphasized that of greater importance than merely the increased number of troops was the resulting ability to position U.S. forces with Iraqi forces in neighborhoods to protect the people. He also talked about his book Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq (Yale Library of Military History: Yale University Press; September 16, 2008). He talked about how he wrote the book to tell the history of the war from the point of view of a commander in the middle level and talked about the mistakes that were made. He responded to questions submitted by members of the audience.
Colonel Mansoor was the commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, in Baghdad in 2003-2004. He was part of the Council of Colonels that advised the Joint Chiefs of Staff to reassess the strategy in Iraq. As executive officer to the commanding general, he as one of the authors of the Iraq situation report General Petraeus delivered to Congress in September 2007. The program “A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq: Analysis of the Surge in Iraq” was held at the Junior League in Houston. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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