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Earlier this week, the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth released On Point II: Transition to the New Campaign, "the US Army's first historical study of its campaign in Iraq in the decisive eighteen months following the overthrow of the Baathist regime in April 2003." The report is candid and critical of senior officers and civilian leaders, and it tries to explain how military decisions contributed to the long, bloody conflict that followed.
During the first hour of the program today, we'll talk with Dr. Donald Wright, a civilian historian at the Combat Studies Institute and an author of On Point II. We'll also hear from three former officers who were interviewed for the report: Col. Douglas MacGregor (Ret.), Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.), and Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez (Ret.).
Were you in Iraq after the invasion? What do you think went wrong? If you weren't there, what questions do you have about what happened?