From Iraq, to America, with Love.

Recently, the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq posted a Facebook post announcing the cessation of Consular activities (Visas, Passports, etc) due to the damage and continued threat from the New Years Eve and New Years Day Iranian-backed Iraqi militia/protester attack on the embassy.

As a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, a former State Department contracted Cultural Advisor of the last class of Iraqi YES Program students, and having spent roughly 2.5 years in the Baghdad Regional Security Office, I thought it would be important to share with my fellow Americans, 30 snippets from Iraqis who appreciate our sacrifices.

These snippets are comments on the US Embassy Baghdad Facebook post. When you think Iraq is a place we need to remove ourselves from, may I remind you that there are Iraqis who need and cherish our support and continued presence. As a reminder, the militia protestors at the embassy are the not same protesters who have been protesting in Baghdad for the last 3 months while getting gunned down by Iranian-backed security forces.

I hope you find these as touching as I did:

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Israelis Are On The Ground Assisting In The Search For Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls #Nigeria #Israel #bringbackourgirls #bokoharam

Seeing the Boko Haram situation in Nigeria bring international engagement is promising. Assistance is coming in, in a few difference ways. It was not surprising to see the US involved by sending experts to provide guidance. It also was not surprising to see the UK involved considering their colonial history (we are seeing much more of this colonial return to assist with France in Mali and CAR). Several countries are assisting now in Nigeria to include – and this one is surprising – Israel. Yes Israelis are now on the ground in Nigeria assisting.

Ctrl + Alt + Delete Resetting #America’s #Military #NatSec

Ctrl + Alt + Delete Resetting #America’s #Military #NatSec

This is actually a pretty good analysis with some great solutions. For years I have said that eventually we will shift to a fully joint force, at least I hope we do. Having served in the US Army I understand the pride that comes with the cultures, traditions and histories of each individual services. However, is far more effective to realign the forces based off of functionality and purpose. More so, having all the branches trying to do various different sections of our National Security Strategy is a bit ineffective. I would request that the idea of Thomas P.M. Barnett’s “SysAdmin” and “Leviathan” Forces be incorporated into this proposal a bit more.