It's an amazing thing to hear they're finally giving out a Medal of Honor to a soldier from the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The choices Israelis face and the decisions they make, day in and day out, are literally the difference between life and death. In many ways, I liken their reactions to the way I felt while serving in Iraq.
I believe, if done correctly, eliminating Saddam and liberating Iraq could be the 'Normandy Invasion' or 'fall of the Berlin Wall' of our generation... the Iraqi people are eager to be rid of Saddam, and there is equally encouraging evidence that republican principles could thrive there.
I have been to Iraq on a number of occasions. I was with the first group that went in.
During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the military conducted only a handful of drone missions.
The road ahead is not easy. Iraq is currently the center of the war on terror.
Leaving Iraq without military assistance during its transition, and before it is stable enough to ensure its own citizens' security, would pose a tremendous risk. We must complete our mission.
If today is anything like the typical day of the past 3 years, three American soldiers will die in Iraq or Afghanistan, the Taliban will get a little stronger in Afghanistan and the civil war will continue to be enhanced in Iraq.
The Vietnam War and the Iraq war, in different ways, both made me feel like I could not not address them. I'm very doubtful about the usefulness of poetry to do that.
Years ago, I predicted that Iran would take over Iraq. Iran and Iraq used to fight back and forth.
The war in Iraq, clearly has not turned out in the way that was hoped.
I still agree with the invasion of Iraq. I don't agree with most of the decisions that accompanied it.
Being Iraqi taught me to be very cautious.
Of course, it's imperative that we stabilize Iraq and quickly reduce our armed role there.
While this debate today is a belated effort to inform the American people, it is nevertheless an empty gesture. It is time to admit our mistake in Iraq and begin to bring our troops home with honor.
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