Seven years and a lot of sacrifice. The war is over (“combat operations”) in Iraq and the hope of security can be acted upon by the people once oppressed by a tyrant.
My experience in Iraq was formative. I met heroes and I still have talented friends working in country. It was not without mistake but I believed in the purpose and I pray for the people affected by our efforts. My prayer now is for the future of the Middle East and a secure government in Iraq.