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    Somethig that might interest american wabbits, AMA by Col Peter Mansoor

    Came across this very nice AMA (Ask me Anything) done by Col (retd) Peter Mansoor on Reddit.

    I am Colonel (Retired) Peter Mansoor, former executive officer to General David Petraeus during the surge in Iraq and now a professor of military history at the Ohio State University. AMA. : IAmA

    I am Colonel (Retired) Peter Mansoor, former executive officer to General David Petraeus during the surge in Iraq and now a professor of military history at the Ohio State University. AMA. (self.IAmA)
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    Happy New Year! I am Colonel (Retired) Peter Mansoor, former executive officer to General David Petraeus during the surge in Iraq and now a professor of military history at the Ohio State University. I arrived at Ohio State in 2008 after a 26 year career in the U.S. Army, which included two tours of duty in the Iraq War. I was graduated from West Point in 1982 and served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East during my career. I was fortunate to be a witness to history when the Iron Curtain came down in 1989 during my tour of duty in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. I also was the founding director of the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center and helped to edit Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency, which was used to reshape U.S. operations in Iraq during the surge of 2007-2008.
    I am the author of three books:
    The GI Offensive in Europe: The Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941-1945 (University Press of Kansas, 1999)
    A memoir of my tour as a brigade commander in Baghdad in 2003-2004, Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq (Yale University Press, 2008) - Baghdad at Sunrise - Mansoor, Peter R. - Yale University Press
    And my most recent work, Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War (Yale University Press, 2013) - Surge - Mansoor, Peter R. - Yale University Press
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    This is my first experience with the Reddit community. I’m looking forward to your questions – ask me anything!
    Thanks for a great interchange of ideas today - sorry I wasn't able to answer all the questions! Time to go watch the Orange Bowl now. Go Buckeyes!
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    What do you believe to be the greatest threat against the US?
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    Collapse from within - the increasingly polarization of our domestic politics. We need to find common ground and work from the middle outward, not from the extremes inward.
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    Compelling, it was. In his AMA, Mansoor gave Redditors a look behind the scenes of the surge in Iraq and discussed his candid views of colleagues in the Iraq War and issues in the military. Bluestacks TextNow VPN

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    Welcome to the WAB.

    We ask all user go this this thread and introduce themselves. Tell us where you are from and a little about yourself.

    http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/sho...61571&page=134

    When you are done there, go to this thread for how to be a participant here.

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    This was an impressive set of responses. As a Soldier who commanded a company for COL Mansoor for a very short time (before he left), I actually have a better impression of the man now than I did then. I still feel like he was a bit of an egghead who was much better off in academia than leading troops, but this AMA helped minimize some of his drawbacks and shows his foresight and intelligence.

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