February 18, 2013 - He jokingly says the title should be a play on the Clint Eastwood western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
America’s experience in Iraq was more like “The Ugly, the Bad and the Good,” he says.
On one hand, Wright noted that force brought immediate results. On the other hand, a heavy footprint made enemies among Iraqi civilians. Wright contends that using force was all the Army knew how to do at that point of the war.
“Through no fault of our own, we were doing more to disrespect and alienate the population than we were to garner their support,” he writes. “Bottom line: We were figuring out this war on the fly.” read more>>>