General Jack Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army ('99-'04), gave a special talk marking the fifth anniversary of the War in Iraq. General Keane is one of the principle authors of "Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq," an American Enterprise Institute report that is credited with convincing President Bush to commit additional troops to Iraq in order to employ the counterinsurgency strategy that has been so successful in securing Iraqi towns.
General Keane was introduced by Captain Pete Hegseth who currently serves in the 1-69 Infantry, New York Army National Guard. Captain Hegseth is executive director of Vets for Freedom, a nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan whose mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts. To fulfill this mission, Vets for Freedom recently led a bus tour which brought American troops to 14 cities, culminating in a visit by 400 troops to Washington lawmakers.
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An Evening with General Jack Keane National Review Online's The Tank blog, 4-7-08