06/13/14 - 8:22am
As a citizen, retired Marine, and veteran of the Iraq conflict, I view the situation in Iraq with great concern. I spent three tours totaling 27 months in Iraq, the vast majority in Anbar Province. During my second tour in the fall of 2004, I commanded a battalion during clearing operations in Fallujah. During my final tour in 2007, I was the intelligence director in Anbar with responsibility for targeting Al Qaeda and its affiliates in an area stretching from Syria to Baghdad. When I returned from Iraq in February 2008, I felt that Al Qaeda, if not dead, was mortally wounded.