Let's take a look at an issue without a bunch of ridiculous emotional and political blinders, shall we?
10 years ago, I came to Iraq with zero idea of what to expect. I had just celebrated my 21st birthday on ship, and had just picked up corporal. There really was no social media at the time and my exposure to the news was limited to what I saw in the chow hall. I figured I would be out “hookin’ and jabbin”’ with the Republican Guard in a conflict straight out of the manuals. I was pretty much, totally wrong…
1. A masterless samurai warrior class of the late Muromachi (1138–1573) and Tokugawa (1603–1867) periods, known for often being vagrant and disruptive and sometimes actively rebellious.
This article is the first of a three-piece series. Take a look into the window of US diplomacy, its unqualified players, and an unfiltered narrative from one of their former security specialists.