John A. McCary

John A. McCary is a former Foreign Service Officer who served in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010. Prior to serving as a diplomat, McCary wrote for the Wall Street Journal, earned his master's in International Security from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and served as an Arabic-speaking human intelligence collector for five years in the U.S. Army. He deployed to Habbaniyah, Iraq, located on the highway between Fallujah and Ramadi, from 2003-2004. McCary appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience and his writing was published in a book under the same name.

Absent an effective U.S. counterbalance, Sunnis in Anbar have returned to old alliances with al Qaeda and other sympathetic resistance forces.