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Ten years after the invasion of Iraq most Americans believe the war there was a mistake.
That's the conclusion of a new Gallup survey tonight senior correspondent Rick Leventhal begins a four part series looking back at the war.
Up first the man who led the initial charge.
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On the eve of war in the northern Kuwaiti desert lieutenant colonel Stacy clarity -- young Marines with a third light armored reconnaissance battalion about to see combat for the first time.
The third LAR was the tip of the spear.
Probing Iraq's defenses firing the first shots on the ground.
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Clarity led 1000 men nor pushing towards Baghdad protecting fellow forces all the way.
We're doing fine but -- -- -- some -- Weeks into the conflict -- his battalion tracked down and rescued seven American POWs including army specialist should Shana Johnson.
I grab the handles of the back candles on this LEV open -- -- and endorsed fell open and seven.
Americans in pajamas basically fell out on top of mr.
Graham and and -- and me and things like that whatever way.
I have probably report from -- -- Clarity considered retiring after the war but was promoted to colonel and went back to Iraq in 2007.
Leading the surgeon Al Anbar Province when I got here in January this is -- me most dangerous place in Iraq it was probably most dangerous place in the world -- it's -- Today general clarity is at the Pentagon director of operations for the Marine Corps where I ask him about the criticisms of 2003.
I think we left Iraq better we found it.
-- -- problem that the Iraqis are in control -- destiny that was not true at the time you they can they be able to take what we've given them.
And they can determine where they want to go in the future.
That's certainly wasn't trying to Sodom Hussein -- give any regrets.
The only regrets I have or that we were able to bring everybody home.
-- the general and his family wolf pack again he's been promoted to two stars assigned to command the entire third marine division in Okinawa Japan.
I think I -- something and I was sucked into the country -- -- something to.
And I owe something to the Marines and sailors of serve was.
And I think I can do -- better from in the military.
General clarity didn't want to address the politics of the war whether America was justified in invading Iraq he says he was given a mission he had a job to do.
And he got it done.
-- Rick thank you.
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