The Debate – Battle for Mosul

Iraq has paid a huge cost to finally have well trained assault troops, a very dangerous line of work

by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor  … with Press TV, Tehran

with special guest Edward Peck, former US Ambassador to Iraq

Edward Peck

[ NoteThis was my first time on The Debate with Ambassador Peck, who is not only an old school diplomat but an Army veteran from WWII and Korea who came up through the ranks. His post-government career has been almost as long as the former, as he has always been a well-respected geopolitical commentator, especially on the Mid East.

The reason for that is because he was right a lot of the time. And if you can live long enough, you get to enjoy the laurels of that, when those who were wrong have long been identified and tagged.

It has some good set-up questions to get the State-sponsored terror “problem” squarely on the table, not once but twice. And it was nice to see Mr. Peck fully on board.

One of the advantages, I am now learning, about getting old is they tend to match you up with the really old guys. And that is always a pleasure, because their positions are based on first-hand experience, versus what often seems like an endless stream of activist commentators… JD ]


– First aired … February 23, 2017

In this episode of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Jim W. Dean, a managing editor and columnist of the Veterans Today, from Atlanta, and Edward Peck, a former US ambassador to Iraq, from Washington, to discuss Iraqi government forces’ recent gains in the Mosul liberation operation.



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Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor

Jim W. Dean is managing editor of Veterans Today wearing many hats from day to day operations, development, writing and editing articles.

He has an active schedule of TV and radio interviews.

Jim comes from an old military family dating back to the American Revolution. Dozens of Confederate ancestors fought for the South in the War Between the States. Uncles fought in WWII and Korea. His father was a WWII P-40 and later P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. Vietnam found several uncles serving, a cousin, and brother Wendell as a young Ranger officer. His mother was a WWII widow at 16, her first husband killed with all 580 aboard when the SS Paul Hamilton, an ammunition ship with 7000 tons of explosives aboard, was torpedoed off the coast of Algiers.

He has been writing, speaking and doing public relations, television, consulting and now multimedia work for a variety of American heritage, historical, military, veterans and Intel platforms. Jim's only film appearance was in the PBS Looking for Lincoln documentary with Prof. Henry Lewis Gates, and he has guest lectured at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Gordon.

Currently he is working to take his extensive historical video archives on line to assist his affiliated organizations with their website multimedia efforts, such as the Military Order of World Wars, Atlanta, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans , Assoc. for Intelligence Officers, the Navy League, Georgia Heritage Council, National Memorial Assoc.of Georgia.

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