Gen. David Petraeus with Col. Peter Mansoor (right)
The Most-Fascinating Insights From The Man Closest To General Petraeus During The Iraq 'Surge' -- Paul Szoldra, Business Insider
The former second-in-command to Gen. David Petraeus during the 2007 "surge" of U.S. troops to Iraq just finished up a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AmA) that's a fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes strategy during the Iraq War.
Col. Peter Mansoor (Ret.), now a professor of military history at Ohio State University, served 26 years in the Army with two tours in Iraq, to include duty as Petraeus' executive officer in 2007.
While much of the credit for counterinsurgency goes to Petraeus (and Gen. James Mattis), who literally wrote the book on the subject, it was Mansoor who edited the work.
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My Comment: A very blunt person .... his "insights" are on the money.