As most of you know, the war in Iraq is over. But what many of you might not know is that there are very mixed emotions throughout the military community about the conclusion of a nearly nine year war that cost way too many lives and way too many dollars, a war that is leaving people wondering whether or not it was all worth it.
Over the weekend, I watched a video of the final convoy exiting Iraq as it crossed over the border to Kuwait.
I read articles in the Washington Post and USA Today summing up the war, quoting service members who had firsthand knowledge of the war, and contemplating the implications of our removal from Iraq, both for our country and theirs. I read thoughts shared by military spouses about mixed emotions on blogs like SpouseBuzz and Wife [Widow] of a Wounded Marine. And I discussed the topic at length with my husband, whose professional as well as personal experiences in Iraq I’ll never fully understand. But despite spending a large portion of my weekend thinking about the end of the war in Iraq, I still don’t feel like I have a firm grasp on how I feel about it. And I don’t think I’m the only one struggling with this sense of ambivalence.
Despite my own mixed emotions, I do know a few things for sure: