November 10, 2005

The War in Iraq

Marcia Franklin talks with a retired general about the lessons learned in Iraq. General William Nash is a 34-year veteran of the United States Army and former commander in Bosnia and the first Gulf War.

Nash, who currently heads up the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations, believes that the U.S. should not have invaded Iraq without more international support. He also urges the government to invest more money in reconstruction efforts in failed states so that they won't become breeding grounds for terrorists. Nash supports additional peace-keeping training for both the military and a new civilian corps that would help reconstruction efforts around the world.

General Nash was a platoon leader in Vietnam and an armored brigade commander in Operation Desert Storm. He was also the commander of a multinational division of 25 thousand soldiers in Bosnia-Herzgovina and a civilian administrator for the United Nations in Kosovo.