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Was Iraq Worth It? - General Jack Keane

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/03/25/General_John_Keane_The_Mastermind_Behind_the_Surge Retired Army General Jack Keane, co-architect of the U.S. "troop surge" in Iraq, argues in defense of the war. "We have, among the twenty-two Arab Muslim countries, the only one that elects its government, and is able to hold its government accountable," says Keane. "That is significant." ----- During his thirty-seven years in the U.S. Army, Jack Keane earned four stars. Beginning his career as a paratrooper in Vietnam, he rose to command both the 101st Airborne Division and the 18th Airborne Corps. In his final post he served as the Army's vice chief of staff. General Keane retired from active duty in 2003. In 2006, General Keane and military historian Frederick Kagan helped develop a new approach to the Iraq war that would become known as "the surge." How did we arrive at that point in 2006 when the entire war effort in Iraq hung in the balance why did the war go so badly for so long? General Keane gives an insider's account of this pivotal time in the Iraq war and of the resistance encountered within the military to that dramatic change in strategy. Keane discusses the lessons to be learned from the Iraq War and how to define and achieve victory in Afghanistan. Finally, he deals with the overall question of the military force structure and the danger of becoming preoccupied with the threat of terrorism and insurgencies and thus risking being unable to confront a conventional power. - The Hoover Institution Gen. Jack Keane, ret. is senior managing director and co-founder of Keane Advisors, LLC, a private equity firm. General Keane has been elected to the board of directors of Metlife and General Dynamics. He is also a member of the Secretary of Defense's Policy Board, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a director and member of numerous nonprofit organizations. Gen. Keane, a retired four-star general, completed 37 years in public service in December 2003, culminating as acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army. Still active in national security, Gen. Keane conducted multiple assessments of the security situation in Iraq for senior defense officials to include two visits in the last four months. Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, Uncommon Knowledge.
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