What a great trip.

FOX and Bill O’Reilly allowed me to go along for the journey to Iraq to visit our soldiers. This was not a Department of Defense trip, it was not a “Bill O’Reilly goes to Iraq” segment; this was a trip solely dedicated to visiting and saying thanks to soldiers — and thank them we did. We met with thousands of soldiers, ate with them, walked and talked with them, smiled with them and listened to them.

We are being served and protected by the very best. Those who serve may be cops, firemen, teachers or soldiers and they are what make this country great. The soldiers we visited in Iraq and Afghanistan are our sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters. Each one is heroic, massively competent and an incredible human being.

Every single soldier we met had a great attitude — they like what they are doing and enjoy doing their jobs. They miss their homes, their families and are tired of three, four and five combat tours in four years, but they only complain if you press them. You gotta love soldiers.

Now, give me a moment here, please. I am asking/demanding something from the government who sent these great men and women into harms way, the administration that missed the weapons of mass destruction that kept these men and women in combat for over 45 months —the reason that they got into this fight.

I ask that the Department of Labor and the Department of Energy — representatives from every single United States Government agency — go to Iraq. They can then help rebuild everything, office-by-office, phone-by-phone, paper-by-paper and pencil-by-pencil. Success in Iraq, if it is to be achieved at all, rests with a political and economic solution.

Our soldiers have done all they can do and all they should ever have to do. THEY WON THEIR WAR. If Iraq is lost or goes bad, it will be because our political and senior military leaders did not do their jobs. If Iraq turns out to be a mistake, the weight of that error will be directly on the head of the President of the United States and his advisors … period. Such an outcome is possible to avoid, but action must be taken now.

I was very lucky to have visited with our great men and women. Bill thanked them all and took the time to talk with each and every one of the thousands he met. The soldiers were the centerpieces of the visit, the reason we were there.

It is to them that I say thank you, Merry Christmas and may God bless you all.

Colonel David Hunt has over 29 years of military experience, including extensive operational experience in Special Operations, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Operations. You can read his complete bio here.