As the ISIS moves closer and closer to Baghdad, Iraq descends faster and faster toward all-out civil war.
There have been lots of opinions (or takes) on the situation. From some wanting America to being airstrikes against the ISIS to others wanting us to stay out of it, the rhetoric has been hot and wide-ranging.
I wanted to share parts of a Marine’s perspective on it. (Keep in mind, this Marine served two tours in Iraq…)
“I’ve had my share of anger and disillusionment over the events that have unfolded in Iraq this week. There’s so much to be said about it that I don’t really even know how to express it. I never went to Afghanistan, but between my two deployments, I spent a year of my life in Iraq. Like many Marines and Soldiers that found themselves in that tumultuous little country over the last decade, a small piece of me will forever remain there.”
“I’ve seen a lot of Iraq veterans express remorse over their lost brethren in the country, given the current state of affairs. Many of them feel like it was all for naught at this point.”
“It was the bad war. It was the war that no one wants to take credit for. It’s the war everyone tries to forget.
“Yet myself and thousands of others were there, and we can’t forget.
“I feel disappointment on many levels in these recent events. On one hand, I want to blame ourselves for pulling out too early. On the other, the country of Iraq has simply been mismanaged. It also disturbs me that the Iraqi army and security forces are simply laying down their arms, tossing their uniforms and giving up. It’s a troubling situation all around. Still, at the end of the day and politics aside, it is really the people that are suffering. The ISIS forces have been brutal, and up to 500,000 Iraqis have been displaced from their homes in Mosul alone.”
“… the President just announced that we will not be putting any boots on the ground. More than likely for the best.”
You can read his full thoughts on the matter at: Terminal Lance “Operation Iraqi Shitstorm.”
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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