Pete Hegseth, a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard, is executive director of Vets for Freedom, says that General Sanchez’s “nightmare without end” is based on facts on the ground a year ago:  

“Whereas we used to emphasize overwhelming firepower (even when I was there in 2006), we now emphasize firepower as a last resort. Whereas we used to rush to the scene after the violence occurs, we’re now there to repel it or deter it altogether.

“This commitment – up and down the chain of command – has made a major impact on the tit-for-tat death toll that was threatening to tear the country apart. Sectarian violence has been severely curtailed.”