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The Interview: Iraq and the Fall of Kabul

A retired army general argues the U.S. committed an historic strategic error in Iraq.

Retired army general and former defense undersecretary Anthony Tata joined Roundtable to discuss security issues past and present. In this segment, General Tata analyzes the U.S. military’s role in the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the Iraq war.

Tata argues that the Taliban takeover was a “parting insult” to the two decades of U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

“We screwed that one up by going into Iraq when the real mission was in Afghanistan,” he says.

He recalls that, even after serving in Iraq, he believes the war was fundamentally unjustified.

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“I wrote back then, I don't understand why we're not going all in in Afghanistan. This makes no sense to go to Iraq, the mission's in Afghanistan. I believe that there was an agenda that has fundamentally altered the course of our nation by going into Iraq,” he says.

Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

General Anthony Tata, Retired Brigadier General, U.S. Army; Former Defense Undersecretary