Iraq and the Advance of Freedom
Recorded on October 26, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Is the War in Iraq winnable? Why are we there?
Is it worth the fight? Why is this war taking so
What have we accomplished over there? What are the Iraqi
people like? How do they feel about Americans?
What should we be doing, on the home front, to support our troops
and their mission?
A law partner, who has put his practice aside each time our
Nation has called, Colonel James D. McGinley has only recently
returned from Iraq. Stationed in Ramadi - the worst of the
insurgent strongholds - he regularly traveled into harm's way
throughout the Al Anbar province. Colonel McGinley worked
directly with Governor al-Awani and his cabinet to create the
province's first Emergency Response Center and Disaster Relief
Agency - and trained the Iraqis to handle it for themselves.
Although a naval aviator for most of his military career, this
assignment made solid use of his legal background, including his
deposition and mediation skills, to negotiate and coordinate with
the Iraqi army, police, and highway patrol.
Before heading to Iraq, Colonel McGinley served on the staff of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon handling Reserve
Mobilization issues. He remains on active duty and is
stationed in Washington, D.C. working for the Office of the Chief
of Marine Corps Reserve. Colonel McGinley has volunteered to
return to Ramadi in February 2008 to serve as the Provincial
Reconstruction Team Leader working with the U.S. State Department
on Iraqi reconstruction efforts.
Join us as Colonel McGinley shares stories and photographs from
his remarkable deployment to the combat zone.