Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On Iraq

Spring 2003
Originally uploaded by SarahorNicholas

This is a picture of me and my college roommates watching the invasion of Iraq. My roommate Erin remembers me taking this picture and saying, "We are going to regret this."

I desperately wish I had been wrong.

Over 4,000 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis have lost their lives in the war. There were no weapons of mass destruction and, while Saddam Hussein being gone is a very good thing, Iran and Afghanistan are bigger threats then if we had never stepped foot in Iraq.

The official combat mission is over but there is no victory to celebrate. No ticker tape parades or banner headlines. Only another geopolitical hotspot where an American presence will remain long after we are all gone.

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