A combat-decorated former Marine officer and Iraq veteran, Zach Iscol is currently the CEO and founder of hirepurpo.se, an online platform that uses employment testing to match military veterans and families with civilian employers. He also runs the Headstrong Project, a New York City–based nonprofit to build collaborative partnerships and deliver cost- bureaucracy- and stigma-free treatment to military veterans with PTSD and TBI.

Previously, Iscol built one of the first highly successful Iraqi military units in Al Anbar province in 2004, and fought in the second battle of Fallujah.

Upon leaving the service, he wrote, directed, and produced The Western Front, a Tribeca Film Festival selection about the Al Anbar awakening, scheduled for release in late 2013.

Today’s pullout from Iraqi cities vindicates Bush’s "surge" strategy, says former Marine Zachary Iscol. The change in tactics—which reversed our fortunes in Iraq—could even help Obama in Iran.