We won. The Iraq War is over.

Posted: 27 Nov 2008 in Military, Politics
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I agree. The war is over. We won. Now you fuckwits on the left should apologize, then STFU.

The War is Over

I declare November 22, 2008 to be “Victory in Iraq Day.” (Hereafter known as “VI Day.”)

By every measure, The United States and coalition forces have conclusively defeated all enemies in Iraq, pacified the country, deposed the previous regime, successfully helped to establish a new functioning democratic government, and suppressed any lingering insurgencies. The war has come to an end. And we won.

What more indication do you need? An announcement from the outgoing Bush administration? It’s not gonna happen. An announcement from the incoming Obama administration? That’s really not gonna happen. A declaration of victory by the media? Please. Don’t make me laugh. A concession of surrender by what few remaining insurgents remain in hiding? Forget about it.

The moment has come to acknowledge the obvious. To overtly declare a fact that has already been true for quite some time now. Let me repeat:

WE WON THE WAR IN IRAQ

And since there will never be a ticker-tape parade down Fifth Avenue in New York for our troops, it’s up to us, the people, to arrange a virtual ticker-tape parade. An online victory celebration.

Michael Yon’s take on it:

Down with Barriers, Up with Iraq

On November 13th I covered a mission in south Baghdad with soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division.  General Petraeus once told me during the height of the fighting, back when violence was the lingua franca and victory was very much in question, that this area was the canary in the mineshaft.  In his exact words regarding what Lieutenant Colonel Pat Frank had to deal with in one of the toughest places in Iraq, “SW Baghdad…has every challenge imaginable — AQI, JAM, micro-fault-lines, good/bad ISF partners, good/bad neighborhood leaders, and Route Irish!  It will be the canary in the mineshaft; if they can pull it off, this will be doable….”

It is critical to point out that General Petraeus told me this in 2007 –  just at the crest of “the Surge” during some of the fiercest fighting in the war.  Many people at home were saying the new strategy was a complete failure, but the Coalition and Iraqi soldiers were not tapping out, not taking a break, giving no quarter to the enemy, and expecting none in return.

General Petraeus went on about what he was seeing, “Just back from a patrol base in Arab Jabour, SE of Baghdad, another incredible place.  Was an AQI sanctuary three weeks ago.  Now the head sheik has given four of his best men to the newly arrived Bn Cdr to help him find/kill/capture AQI in the AO.  Very impressive/heartening.”


Three Small Things

BillNovember 24, 2008

I’d like you to do three things for me. Doing the second one won’t take long, but doing the first and the third — well, just take as long as you need.

First, I’d like you to think back and remember how you felt when you heard the news that they’d found and recovered SSG Matt Maupin’s remains.

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