When Matt Gallagher, a Brooklyn-based soldier-turned-writer, went to war, he had no illusions that the long American presence in Iraq would permanently bring peace to the region.
And yet he's been devastated as Sunni insurgents captured major cities in recent weeks.
"Like anywhere, 99 percent of Iraqis just wanted to lead a peaceful life and provide for their families," he told WNYC's Fred Mogul. "They were just so sick of war. They just wanted a little stability and peace. And that's just not happening now."