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A Connecticut Marine Reflects On His Mission In Iraq

Apr 24, 2017

Connecticut U.S. Marine Michael Zacchea had a job to do in 2004: train and lead the first Iraqi Army battalion after the U.S. disbanded the country’s military post invasion.

This hour, we revisit our conversation with Zacchea, and co-author Ted Kemp about their book The Ragged Edge which details the challenges Zacchea faced leading a diverse group of Iraqis. 

We ask them what lessons can we learn from the Iraq War — a war that continues today.

Plus, Connecticut’s legislature is considering a proposal to raise the state’s sales tax — an option that proponents say will diversify revenue sources and benefit cities and towns.

But skeptics fear such a move would be detrimental for business and the economy.

We dig into the debate.

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show, the first part of which originally aired on February 28, 2017.