I was in high school when all this drama started to happen. I remember writing in my huge sketchbook that some American war was beginning to happen. When everyone graduated, my Honduran younger friend whom I tutored in math and science for almost eight years went off to Iraq; probably not even knowing why. Benjamin was only a resident in the United States, and wasn't even allowed to vote in 2008 when everyone here was so excited to. Still he "fought for us" in Iraq right? Every time we spoke I was so angry at him. Angry for being part of a war, the military, not even caring about voting. It made me sad and confused about people, he wasn't like the person I knew and used to laugh with so many times before. Maybe it was just because we were children, ignorance is bliss they say; maybe it's true? of course it is.
President Obama declared Friday that the United States has now “begun the work of ending this war” in Iraq. “Every nation and every group must know — whether you wish America good or ill — that the end of the war in Iraq will enable a new era of American leadership and engagement in the Middle East,” the president said. “And that era has just begun.”