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US military still weighing lessons 10 years after Iraq invasion

Last Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 14:19

Washington: The US military is still weighing its lessons a decade after the start of America`s invasion of Iraq.

The tanks that went roaring into Baghdad on the so-called `Thunder Run` were the epitome of American firepower.

According to CBS News, American military commanded by then-Colonel David Perkins tore through enemy fighters faster than they could react.

Perkins said that the higher the rate of battle the better it was for them.

But after sowing chaos, Perkins` mission suddenly changed to creating stability, a mission for which his armored brigade was ill suited both in equipment and training, the report said.

Now a general, he wished he`d asked more questions about what he was supposed to do after he got to Baghdad.

According to the report, the transition from chaos to stability was just one of the failures of the Iraq war listed in a report titled `Decade of War`, written for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by Lt. Gen. George Flynn.

Just as after Vietnam , politicians can vow never to fight another long and unpopular war against insurgents, but Perkins said that would be exactly the wrong lesson for the military to learn from Iraq.

The great lesson of Iraq, that the American military must be prepared both to sow chaos and create stability, must be learned not just by those who fought there, but by all those who come after, the report added.


First Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 14:18
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