I am Colonel (Ret.) Peter Mansoor, former executive officer to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq and currently a professor of military history at The Ohio State University. AMA!
Hi Reddit, I am Colonel (Ret.) Peter Mansoor, former brigade commander and executive officer to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq and now a professor of military history at The Ohio State University. I am a 1982 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the US Army for 26 years, including tours of duty in Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq. I witnessed the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 and served two extended tours of duty in the Iraq War. I was the founding director of the US Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center and helped to edit FM 3-24, Counterinsurgency (2006). I have authored three books and co-edited four others, including my memoir, Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq.
In 2016 I was one of the signatories to the "Never Trump" pledge and four years later joined Operation Grant, Ohio Republicans supporting Joe Biden for president.
One of the questions during my previous AMA six years ago was: "What do you believe to be the greatest threat against the US?" My answer was eerily prescient: "Collapse from within - the increasing polarization of our domestic politics. We need to find common ground and work from the middle outward, not from the extremes inward."
Well, six years later things have only gotten worse. I'd be happy to take another stab at this and other questions you might have. Ask me anything!