Sunday, June 15, 2014

More engagement, or Hertling more!

The Iraqi Army was becoming “good” while U.S. forces were there to train, equip and mentor them; they were polishing their battlefield skills by fighting alongside Americans in combined operations. Their leaders were learning battle command alongside ours, studying complex counterinsurgency strategy against an enemy that was increasingly less capable. ...

I ... had the chance to engage with government officials, police, academics and doctors, lawyers, and women’s groups. The people we met were unfailingly professional and kind. ...
Lieutenant general (ret) Mark Hertling recently retired as the Commanding General, U.S. Army, Europe. In 2007 - 2008, he commanded 1st Armored Division/Task Force Iron, and Multinational Division-North, in Iraq. He currently lives in Orlando, Florida, and works for Florida Hospital.
--Lieutenant general (ret) Mark Hertling, "The real reason Iraq is crumbling," Washington Post; Hertling image from; see also.

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