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New study shares a deep dive into U.S. Army’s critique of the Iraq War

NASIRIYAH, IRAQ - DECEMBER 06:  U.S. Army soldiers from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, carry their bags to shipping containers as they prepare to leave Camp Adder as the base is readied to be handed back to the Iraqi government later this month on December 6, 2011 at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Camp Adder is one of the few bases remaining that the United States controls as America's military continues its pullout of the country by the end of this year, after eight years of war and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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U.S. Army soldiers from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, carry their bags to shipping containers as they prepare to leave Camp Adder as the base is readied to be handed back to the Iraqi government on December 6, 2011 at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq.

The U.S. Army War College published last week its study of the U.S. in the Iraq War--and it’s big, literally.

The U.S. Army War College published last week its study of the U.S. in the Iraq War--and it’s big, literally.

The two volume report is comprised of more than 1,300 pages. More than 3,000 declassified documents were used to research the study on the eight-year war. Named the costliest conflict since the Vietnam War, decisions in the the Iraq war are garnering criticism in the report. That includes the U.S.’s failure to train Iraqi military forces to become self-reliant, and a review of the George W. Bush Administration’s decision to “surge” additional forces into Iraq.

The massive study also includes original interviews with President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Robert Gates and more.

For a deep dive into what this extensive report uncovered, the U.S.’s missteps in combat and strategy and what we can learn moving forward, Larry speaks to one of the study’s principal authors on the ins and outs of this newly published research.

Guest:

Ret. Col. Frank Sobchak, former special forces officer and co-editor and one of the principal authors of the Army War College study, “The U.S. Army in the Iraq War Vol. 1 and 2”

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