Iraq and back: inside the war to win the peace

In April, 2003, soon after declaring an end to "major combat operations in Iraq," President Bush deployed retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Jay Garner to Baghdad to rebuild the country. As Garner's executive officer, Air Force Colonel Kim Olson was part of the senior leadership circle charged with three tasks: reconstruct Iraq's infrastructure, deliver humanitarian assistance, and build the foundation for a democratic government. But not long after their arrival in the rubble and ruin of Iraq, the political, military, and economic wheels ground to a halt and mission accomplished became mission improbable.