Colonel (Retired) Peter Mansoor – Author of Surge: My Journey With General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War, professor of military history at Ohio State University, served as Executive Officer to General David Patraeus.
On September 11, 2001, the United States was the target of the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the world. It was a day that would lead to over a decade of war, economic instability, and global confusion. And although nearly every nation was united in the quest to bring the guilty parties to justice, the events that have transpired from that day, including the resulting war in Iraq and Afghanistan have been the subject of much debate and scrutiny. Perhaps no decision has been more heavily scrutinized than the United States actions to use military force in Iraq. Were we going after terrorists, Saddam Hussein, weapons of mass destruction, oil? The answer remains unclear to this day, and many people, including our guest this week believe the move into Iraq was done for strategic reasons that were not well defined. However, going into Iraq was just part of the problem.
After Saddam was captured, there was a huge power vacuum in Iraq and the United States with tasked with the difficult and confusing job of bringing stability to the region. It was at this moment that the “Surge” went into effect and over 20,000 additional troops were sent to Iraq. The surge was one of the largest counterinsurgency efforts in United States history and is still the topic of many military discussions.
This week on the show we have Retired Colonel, Dr. Peter Mansoor. Colonel Mansoor served as the Executive Officer to General David Patraeus in the midst of the surge. There are few people in the world that have a better understanding of the United States military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan than Colonel Mansoor. In his most recent book, Surge: My Journey With General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War, Colonel Mansoor combines newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, personal notes, and published sources to provide us with a remarkable account of the counterinsurgency.
Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), is currently the professor of Military History at Ohio State University. He assumed this position in September 2008 after a 26 year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his service in Iraq as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, the Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq, during the period of the surge in 2007-2008.
A 1982 distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy, Colonel Mansoor served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East during his military career. Colonel Mansoor commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division from 2003 to 2005, to include 13 months in combat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2003 to July 2004 – service for which his brigade was awarded a President Unit Citation for collective valor in combat. He has captured the essence of the experience of his brigade’s deployment and the difficulties of the U.S. war in Iraq during the crucial first year of conflict in a personal memoir, Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq.
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