The U.S. Army has released the second part of its history of the Iraq conflict, titled “On Point II”. According to Michael Gordon of NYT, which scooped the story before the 720-page paper went online last night, “publication was delayed six months so that Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the current Army chief of staff and former top commander in Iraq, could be interviewed and senior Army leaders could review a draft”:
The study’s authors were instructed not to shy away from controversy while withholding a final verdict on whether senior officials had made mistakes that decisively altered the course of the war, said Col. Timothy R. Reese, the director of the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., who, along with Donald Wright, a civilian historian at the institute, oversaw the volume’s preparation.
Even so, the study documents a number of problems that hampered the Army’s ability to stabilize the country during Phase IV, as the postwar stage was called.
You can find the history, along with part I, here. (Downloading is SLOW.)
Incidentally, the oft-mentioned but classified 2005 RAND study critical of the post-invasion efforts is supposed to be made public on Monday.
Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait this long for a history of the surge. How about it, Ricks?