- Posted December 1, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Stories from the Iraq war
Getting Out of Iraq, the First Time
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
The invasion of Iraq and the subsequent hostilities has left a mixed taste in my mouth. For starters, the principal excuse to invade Iraq to discover WMD was a non-starter from the get go. The UN found no traces of Iraq reconstituting their WMD programs, nor did the subsequent Iraq Survey Group. Whether it was a sound decision to invade Iraq to seek WMDs (or to seek a regime change) will be debated for a long time.
Ironically, I am now working for a US Defense contractor providing support to psychologically and brain injured wounded soldiers from OIF/OEF. I have seen many soldiers in my work returning with severe physical and mental injuries, all for a conflict which I could not support. My heart goes out to all of the wounded warriors, not only in the United States, but to all from other countries that supported this effort.
Iraq is a beautiful place, with wonderful people with a great future ahead of them. I would very much like to return as a tourist, some day.