We won. The Iraq War is over.
I declare November 22, 2008 to be "Victory in Iraq Day." (Hereafter known as "VI Day.")
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:
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.
Saturday, November 22, 2008 is the day of that celebration: Victory in Iraq Day.
If you want to write a short post (or a long essay) analyzing the nature of our victory or cheering the troops for a job well done, great; but if you just want to make a simple announcement of the victory, that's fine as well. Anything will do. Just come and join the celebration to mark the day.
Keep reading below to find: evidence that the war is over (for the doubters); an historical discussion of previous postwar occupations and guerrilla violence; a list of blogs which have already joined the VI Day movement; free banners and graphics for you to download and put on your blog, if you so choose; and an invitation to submit your own "victory graphics" for posting here.
(If you would like to comment on VI Day, you can do so here.)
Observations and statistics agree: The fighting has ceased, the war is over
I have felt for many months that we had already won the war, but I was spurred to action by this report from Michael Yon:
"THE WAR IS OVER AND WE WON:" Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good. "There's nothing going on. I'm with the 10th Mountain Division, and about half of the guys I'm with haven't fired their weapons on this tour and they've been here eight months. And the place we're at, South Baghdad, used to be one of the worst places in Iraq. And now there's nothing going on. I've been walking my feet off and haven't seen anything."This email giving a first-hand account from Baghdad was posted on November 17 at Confederate Yankeee:
Just touched down 3 +/- hours ago at Sather AB [in Baghdad]. Dude... INSANELY changed doesn't begin to describe this place. I've land[ed] in Baghdad under fire before and watched random acts of anti-aircraft fire overhead as the locals would try and unsuccessfully utilize old triple a flak guns... I've seen Baghdad under lock and key so to speak throughout 04 and 05. NUTHIN and I do mean NUTHIN can begin to describe the change. Quick observations included the fact that the city was all lit up where it had never been before. Try standing on the runway and not having to worry about random acts of rockets, mortars and suchlike. Try no body armor seen on anyone anywhere since I've been here... This place is so laid back its stupid dude... I'll post more to you and my blog later... but as Yon said "We Won." I'd have to add "In Spades!" to that.This post at the Mudville Gazette confirmed my conclusions.
On the political front in Iraq, victory has broken out as well. On Sunday, November 16, Iraq's cabinet approved a security agreement with the U.S. which top analysts and pundits are saying is the closest we'll ever get to a bureaucratic declaration of victory and of the war's end. Hugh Hewitt, for example, says:
The Battle For Iraq Has Been Won. Will The President-elect Preserve The Victory?The News & Observer newspaper came to the same conclusion three months ago, and many of the points are still valid:
Somebody has to write this. The United States has won the war in Iraq.The full article (see the link) outlines many convincing facts about the state of victory in Iraq. The only thing missing is announcing the date of the war's end. Which this post rectifies.
UPDATE: A month after the fact, the Washington Post finally woke up to reality and themselves announced at the beginning of January, 2009 that the Iraq War is over, though in typical mainstream media style, they still insist it is not a "victory" and that our overwhelming success had no "legitimacy":
The War, in a Sense, Is Over. But a New Struggle Begins As Citizens Ask the Inevitable Question: What Next?
125 Shot Dead In Chicago Over SummerWhat more need be said? Of course every death and injury of a U.S. soldier is a tragedy and I would wish to see a long string of zeros on that chart over the upcoming months. But being stationed in a nation and a region that has a long history of hostility to the U.S. and an equally long history of violence means that our troops will always face some danger there. Yet "danger" does not equal "war." Whatever lingering violence still exists is Iraq is now nothing more than a series of disconnected terrorist attacks, which have become completely ineffectual in changing the hearts and minds of the populace, or re-igniting another civil war.
[Update: As of March 3, 2009, if you click on the same official casualty statistics link as above, in the subsequent three months, the number of casualties in Iraq remained at extremely low bare-minimum levels, conclusively confirming that this "trend" is now a permanent state of affairs.]
Columnist Ed Morrissey on November 19 points to another kind of benchmark which indicates the war's end: the fact that the Iraqi government in now engaging in infrastructure building projects that would only be possibly in peacetime:
Victory in Iraq: The Baghdad MetroWho gets to decide when it's over?
Indeed, everywhere you look, someone has highlighted yet another detail which, cumulatively, demonstrate that "peace has broken out all over" Iraq.
Each person has their own criteria as to when the war was won: Some say we won the war long ago when we defeated the Iraqi Army in three weeks. Some say we won when the Iraqi government tried and executed Saddam Hussein. Some say we won when Iraqis voted democratically to elect their own leaders. Some say we won when we established control over the entirety of the country last year, eliminating the last remaining insurgent strongholds. Some say we won six months ago when the last remaining organized resistance evaporated.
On the other hand, there are those who are saying (in response to this essay) that we have not reached that magical benchmark. The Iraqi parliament may have passed the security agreement solidifying Iraq's post-war stability, but some people say we should wait until the U.S. Senate approves it before we declare victory. Others say that the war won't be won until casualty levels literally drop to zero. Other say we haven't won until all troops are gone from the country. Others wait in vain for an official announcement.
There is no consensus. And there never will be. Still, the cut-off point between "war" and "not war" has to be drawn somewhere, and if we don't draw the line ourselves, I guarantee it will NEVER be drawn. Because the Left and the media want to make sure that even ten years from now, when perhaps one US soldier is killed per year in an otherwise completely stable Iraq, that still won't qualify as "victory." Because their overarching goal is to to make sure that the war goes down in history as a defeat, no matter what.
My opinion is: This is as good a time to declare victory as we're ever going to get. All signs point to "Yes." If you don't agree, that's perfectly fine, you can ignore this essay. But if you think this is long overdue, then climb on board.
If we won, why are there troops still in Iraq?
Does our victory mean that I advocate the immediate withdrawal of all troops from Iraq? No. Wars may be won but postwar occupations generally don't end crisply and cleanly like that. Troops often stay around to rebuild or to maintain the peace for years, even decades. Hell, the United States still has several military bases and many troops "occupying" Japan and Germany who have been there continuously since the end of World War II in 1945. We have two major Air Bases in Korea leftover from the Korean War. The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba is a remnant of the Spanish-American War and has been there for over a century; the U.S. military also "occupied" the Philippines at Subic Bay for nearly a hundred years as a result of the Spanish-American War. More recently we continue to have a presence in Bosnia at Tuzla Air Base as a consequence of our role in the Bosnian War of the 1990s. What all this means is that it is standard practice in the aftermath of nearly every overseas war in which the U.S. participates for us to keep some troops there on a permanent or semi-permanent basis.
Do I advocate that the domestic government of Iraq continue to assume more and more of a role in its own defense and internal security? Most definitely yes. Do I wish to see U.S. troops going on fewer and fewer patrols and handing over more and more duties to the Iraqi army as time goes by? Yes. Do I wish that there would never be another suicide bombing in Iraq by demented jihadists seeking futilely to destabilize the country? Of course. Do I wish that there would never be another act of violence in Iraq? Naturally. But these things take time. So, even though the war is over, American troops are likely to stay on the ground in Iraqi bases in some capacity for quite some time -- months, years, possibly even decades if circumstances warrant.
But yes, eventually many troops will have to start coming home one way or the other. I am not opposed to an incremental "drawdown" of forces as responsibilities diminish -- which has already started to happen under the Bush administration and will likely continue under an Obama administration. What I do oppose is a reckless immediate evacuation of all American troops in Iraq as some sort of political "reward" from Obama to his antiwar supporters. That would send the wrong message to Islamic extremists around the world that the Americans were somehow "driven from Iraq," which would not actually be the case. Even if we did leave Iraq entirely, it would be in victory, not as a retreat.
Since our troops did in fact win the war, they ought to have a victory parade or national celebration upon returning. But I suspect that, as has been happening up until now, the troops will just drift home mostly unannounced and uncelebrated when their "tours" are over. Which is the very reason why we need to declare a Victory in Iraq Day.
If the Iraq War is over, why do we still occasionally hear reports of violence or casualties?
A common misperception of warfare is that when a war is "won," all fighting immediately stops, and that all members of the losing side passively lay down their arms and surrender. While that does happen on occasion, much more frequently the fighting continues as a low-level guerrilla war or insurgency for years afterwards by the diminishing die-hard loyalists of the losing side. Even wars with crushing conclusive victories and official declarations of surrender saw continued fighting long after those wars were officially "over." After World War II, which was won as conclusively as any war was ever won, some Germans refused to acknowledge defeat and continued to operate as guerrilla assassins and saboteurs. Anti-Semitic massacres in Europe continued into 1946 long after the Nazis had been defeated. In the Pacific Theater, Japanese "holdouts" on various islands kept up their battle posts against the Americans for years and years after Japan surrendered, some well into the 1970s. After the American Civil War ended in 1865, several pro-slavery guerrilla terrorist organizations and groups of individuals continued fighting against the Union for more than a decade. The same is true of many other wars. It especially happens in modern "police actions" (such as the Iraq War) which have no actual formal "Declaration of War" and thus no official moment of surrender or ending point. (Remember that the United States has not actually declared war on anyone since 1942.)
So, just because there are still occasional suicide bombings (which are becoming rarer and rarer with every passing month) and occasional sniper attacks or IED explosions (also becoming increasingly rare), that doesn't indicate that "the war is still being fought." It just means that there are a handful of die-hard extremists who refuse to give up -- which is exactly what happens after most wars. The last remaining pro-Saddam, pro-jihad or pro-Iran holdouts in Iraq are no different than any other post-war holdouts, and just because there are still a few left doesn't mean that the war is still happening, any more than the existence of the Japanese holdouts meant that WWII continued after 1945. Wars end, whether or not every single extremist or die-hard acknowledges it and lays down his weapons.
What counts as "being at war"?
Many other countries have ongoing issues with rebels, insurgents, guerrillas, or whatever you want to call them; simmering civil unrest. But we do not consider those countries to be at war, even though their situations are not really any different than, and are in some cases even worse than, the situation now in Iraq. Tell me: Do you consider Mexico to be at war? Yet they have an ongoing insurgency by Zapatistas in the state of Chiapas. The Philippines? They've been grappling with an Islamic insurgency for decades. Is Thailand at war? Millions of tourists don't seem to think so, but a violent rebellion by Muslim separatists in the southern provinces sometimes produces more casualties than there are in Iraq. India? They're not at war -- are they? Turkey, Sri Lanka, Colombia: The list could go on and on. In each case, the country in question is not considered to be "at war," yet it endures simmering insurgencies and/or terrorist violence that in some cases exceeds that now found in Iraq. If these countries are not considered by anyone to be "at war" -- which they are not -- then neither is Iraq.
But where's the official announcement?
The only reason that the war has not been declared "over" is that the media, which was generally opposed to the war and opposed to any of President Bush's policies, doesn't want to give him and his supporters the satisfaction of having been right. The media wants U.S. troops to return home, but only on condition that they do so with their tails between their legs in defeat -- not as victorious liberators, which would invalidate five years of subtle and not-so-subtle anti-war propaganda on the part of the left-leaning media. The Bush administration for its part has not declared victory for two probable reasons: first, because they fear that by so doing they would only increase the call by the media and liberal Democrats to "bring the troops home now"; and also by so doing they might invite some last-ditch spectacular terror attack by the few remaining jihadists in order to embarrass the administration. And the incoming Obama administration will certainly never announce victory, since Obama spent over a year campaigning for the Democratic primary as the anti-war candidate. So both sides refuse to say the war is over. Even though it is, in fact, over.
It is up to the American people to declare victory. Which is exactly what we are doing right now.
There never will be an "official" announcement from the government or the media, so you can stop waiting for it.
This is the official announcement.
(The short section below with the "virtual ticker-tape parade" was originally posted at the top of this essay for one day only on November 22, 2008 itself, to celebrate the actual event. Now that VI Day is over, I've kept the ticker-tape parade but moved it down here.)
On this November 22, 2008, join us in observing Victory in Iraq Day.
Let us honor the sacrifice, dedication and sheer determination of American, coalition and Iraqi troops who have brought freedom to the nation and people of Iraq.
Although our governments have chosen to not name any official day marking the end of this war, we the people have taken it upon ourselves to commemorate November 22, 2008 as the day of victory over the forces of tyranny, oppression and terror in Iraq.
Join fellow bloggers and other members of the public in this virtual ticker-tape parade for our brave troops, to celebrate their success, to remember the fallen, and to declare, in the words of President John F. Kennedy (RIP):
You may comment on VI Day here.
Click on the following links to see a few of the best, most informative and most heartwarming Victory in Iraq Day posts from around the world:
The Surfing Conservative
Stop the ACLU
The Wide Awake Cafe
Lighthouse on the Right
The Cool Blue Blog
The Blog of Record
No Clever Pseudonym
Join the VI Day movement!
Do you agree with the concept behind VI Day? Then post a VI Day entry on your blog.
Once you've posted it, email me the link! And I will post a link back to your blog here on this page.
Make sure to make at least two different postings: Make one now to announce your support of VI Day and to spread the word ahead of time; and make another one on November 22 itself, to celebrate!
(Blogs of all political orientations are invited to join: Even if you're a progressive blogger and only want to announce an end to the war as a way to accelerate the homecoming home all troops, you are welcome to link to and/or mention VI Day too.)
One last note: If anyone is planning to hold a "meatspace" (i.e. real world) party or celebration to mark VI Day, send me the details and I will post them here as well.
Here is the official list of blogs that have so far agreed to mark VI Day on November 22, 2008:
Victory in Iraq Day: Participating Blogs
Little Green Footballs
Because No One Asked
Dog Opus Blog
Oh No, Another Conservative Blog
Who Is John Galt?
Gathering of Eagles (national)
Gathering of Eagles New York
Gathering of Eagles North Carolina
Stop the ACLU
The Surfing Conservative
Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group
The Wide Awake Cafe
Lighthouse on the Right
Uncle Sam Ate My Baby
Down Is Up
Foreign and Domestic
The Blog of Record
Serr8d's Cutting Edge
Army Wife: Rants from Ft. Livingroom
Hamilton, Madison, and Jay
The Daily Blogster
I Call BS!
Something should go here, maybe later
The Bronze Blog
The Irascible Chef
Sharp Right Turn
Tman In Tennessee
Sith by Sithwest
Marooned in Marin
The Jack Knows
Red State Rumblings
High Plains Blogger
Air Force Pundit
Liberty for USA
Diary of a Madman
The Rumbler Report
Lock and Load
Conservative Action Network
A Herd of Turtles
Sayyad al Wahabiyya
Brain-Surgery With Spoons
American Syndicalist Party
CrossFit Camp Pendleton
The Cool Blue Blog
Life With Monkeys
The Atheist Conservative
King's Right Site
We are the Grizzwolds
GunTrash's Multifarious Blog
mama winger's potluck
the "silent" majority no more!
The Working File
Habits Not Peculiar
Six Meat Buffet
The Spirit of Man
The Weeks Review
9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America
The Liberator Today
Quoth the Raven
Armed and Dangerous
Chronicles of Wasted Time
A Red Voice in a Blue State
The Jawa Report
Facebook group for Victory in Iraq Day
Barking Moonbat Early Warning System
Protein Wisdom Pub
Black & Right
Johnson County Republican Party
The Liberty Boys
This is Scooter Country
The Crescent Moon
From My Position...On the Way!
Letters to a Dying Dream
Blogs for Victory
Let's Get It Right
What Bubba Knows
Psycmeister's Ice Palace!
Stable of Zionist Hore #2
Conservative in Seattle
Right Side News
I Am, Therefore I Think
The Conservative Contessa
The Four Rs
Wake up America
Echoes in Eternity
supporting the troops
One Model Place
The Dumber Ox
The Lightning News
Lindy's Blog: Where Mom is Always Right
No Clever Pseudonym
Free Frank Warner
The Digital Hairshirt
The Blue Pelican
Nothing But the Facts
Irons in the Fire
no blood for sauerkraut!
Take Our Country Back
The Conservative Radical
Soldiers' Angels Germany
jweaks on Squidoo
Marie's Two Cents
The Other Club
Beyond the Veil
Michigan Taxes Too Much
Once More Into the Breach
Papa Mike's Blog
Wheat & Weeds
Eye On The World
There and Back Again
The Minority Report
All Those Wires!
Shadowcaste Center for Advanced Conservative Studies
E Maua Ola i Moku o Keawe
Infidels Are Cool
The Big Picture
Wis Faest Wordum
Dude, Where's the Beach?
The Ten O'Clock Scholar
Florida Community Association Law
What Is Hip
(Update: I've been inundated with emails and links, far more than I can handle! The list of blogs you see here is incomplete; the full list totaled well over a thousand.)
Call for submissions and designs
[Update: Call for submissions now closed. Thanks to all artists for their excellent designs.]
Are you good at creating graphics? Want to participate? This is an open call to all designers and artists who would like to create buttons, banners or other graphics and widgets for people to announce Victory in Iraq Day on their blogs and Web sites. I'm no graphic designer myself, so I'll post outstanding submissions here for everyone to download.
Words, terms and phrases you may want to incorporate into your design include:
Victory in Iraq Day
November 22, 2008
Victory in Iraq
...and anything else you think might be appropriate! I'd like to see banners that say simply "Victory in Iraq," and others that include the date; and other smaller graphics that could fit on a blog sidebar.
Send all submissions to:
To download any of the graphics below, simply right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) on the images of your choice and choose "Save image as" or "Download this picture."
Just received this new banner from designer Bryan Taylor:
Start downloading! I think this one will be quite popular. Here are two smaller versions, if your blog has a narrower column:
And for anyone who wants to emphasize the role of not just the U.S but the entire coalition in Iraq, contributor "uptight" has created this version of the banner with British and Australian flags as well:
Here's an excellent submission from Paul Szoldra of Paul Stanley Media:
Bloggers are encouraged to use it!
Our next submission comes from "Serr8d":
Here's a VI Day button for use in blog sidebars -- in a variety of styles and sizes -- from Patrick at Dog Opus:
And here is a beautiful atmospheric image from Gathering of Eagles: NY:
Remember -- all these designs are free for anyone to use.
Below you will find "Victory in Iraq Day" banners in various sizes for use on your blog, if you would like:
Why November 22?
Several people have written in to ask what is significant about November 22; why was it chosen as the date for VI Day? The answer is: There's nothing militarily significant about this day. There are no major events related to the Iraq War that happened on November 22. It's just a convenient day, chosen essentially at random. Some date must be chosen, and this is just as good as any other, since there is no actual distinct date of surrender or of the war's self-evident cessation.
Others have written in to ask: Won't VI Day conflict with the anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, which happened on November 22, 1963? Well, I suppose it might, to those who mark that anniversary. But Victory in Iraq Day is not intended to be an annual holiday, celebrated on November 22 forevermore into the future; it's a one-time only event, a declaration right now that the war is over right now. Not every end-of-a-war day becomes a national holiday. In fact, only November 11, Armistice Day for WWI, is still remembered as a national holiday (now called Veterans' Day). Does anyone in America still throw a party on May 7 or 8, the days on which the Nazis surrendered, known as VE Day? Not that I now of. And the day on which WWII finally, totally came to an end was August 15, VJ Day, on which Japan surrendered. Yet there is no national holiday on August 15. And I'd wager that 95% of Americans couldn't even tell you why August 15 was historically significant.
Considering all this, that even the victory in WWII did not become an annual holiday, it's almost certain that VI Day will not become an annual holiday either -- and thus will not conflict with any annual services marking Kennedy's assassination. VI Day is a one-time only celebration.
Even so, there's nothing about the nature of VI Day that is disrespectful to Kennedy's memory. Ponder these words taken from Kennedy's inaugural address, and think of them in reference to the Iraq War, and I think you'll agree that Kennedy would approve of the concept behind VI Day:
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans--born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
The nay-sayers, the doubters and the mockers
Not everybody agrees with the idea of Victory in Iraq Day. The most common arguments against it (and my responses) are:
- What if the violence flares up again next year or in the future? We'll look foolish.
A: If violence flares up in the future, that will be part of a new conflict, a different war. I'm not pretending to be able to predict the future; all I know is that the war we had been fighting is over. I sincerely hope that Iraq has peace for years to come; but yes, there could be fighting in the future, though it will not inherently be the continuation of this war. On occasion throughout history, in fact, after wars end, new subsequent wars spring up in their wake. The Vietnam War, for example, started in 1946 in the turmoil after WWII, and continued under various names until 1975. Yet do we consider the Vietnam War part of WWII, just because it was partially caused by it and immediately followed it? No. Similarly, the Russian Civil War grew out of WWI, yet they too are considered separate wars.- The Iraq War was astronomically expensive. How can you call that a victory?
A: Just because a war was expensive doesn't mean it is therefore a defeat. Wars can be expensive and successful. In fact, most of the time a country must devote a majority or even all of its resources to win a war; I can't think of a cheap war that was brought to a successful conclusion.- Some of the original justifications given for the invasion six years ago were bogus.
A: This issue has been argued over and debated for six solid years, and nothing I say in one short paragraph is going to convince anyone one way or the other at this point. Saddam Hussein egregiously violated U.N. Resolutions and other doctrines set in place during the Clinton administration; The U.S. Congress authorized the invasion. Period. Like it or not, agree with the reasons or not, the war happened, whether or not Democrats in Congress later had buyers' remorse. For the purposes of this page, it doesn't matter how the war started; what matters is how it ended.- You're just reveling in the blood-soaked horror of war. War is always bad. There can never be victory in death.
A: This is the boilerplate anti-imperialist/anti-American/Marxist narrative, and, frankly, barely even merits rebuttal. The people who say this are only saying it to weaken the United States' resolve. When other countries or insurgent groups fight to promote a left-wing ideology, war is suddenly perfectly OK with them. War is only "morally wrong" when it is conducted by the United States or other capitalist Western nations. In response, I give this famous quote from George Orwell: "Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other."The most common way for blogs to express disapproval of, doubt over, or disinterest in VI Day is to simply not mention it. Which is perfectly fine. But a few sites have linked to this page, only for the purpose of criticizing it, or mocking it. Which is also perfectly fine. To be even-handed, here is a list of the sites that want us to not mark VI DAY; judge for yourself if you agree with their rationales:
(Standard left-wing anti-war spin.)
Argghhh!!! / The Armorer
(A well-reasoned counter-argument.)
(The original posting is neutral about VI Day, but most of the commenters don't like the idea.)
Stageleft: Life On The Left Side
(Aggressive left-wing mockery of the laughable notion that we did anything other than lose catastrophically.)
Recent photos from Iraq
The following photographs were all taken within the last few weeks in Iraq, and give a flavor of what life there is now like for many of our troops, and for Iraqis. Feel free to repost any of these pictures on your own blog.
And here are a few well-done political cartoons:
Best of the VI Day blog posts
This section features quotes from some of the most outstanding VI Day posts on other blogs.
Dog Opus Blog:
You may have noticed over the last half year or so that our largely ghoulish media's mind-numbing obsession with lurid reportage from Iraq has ground to a jarring halt. Seriously, it's conspicuous by its absence. Well, the reason, of course, is because we've won. Despite considerable efforts of cynicism, spite, and sometimes downright hatred from parties at home and abroad, our outstanding troops have resoundingly defeated the barbaric child-killing jihadi menace, and have secured an entire nation. They've performed magnificently, with consummate professionalism and honor. This is what American troops have always done. To the disgraceful few who rooted against them, this is a painful fact, but to me, it's yet another opportunity to feel pride and to show appreciation for the people I look up to as heroes.Blackfive:
I have been an advocate of a victory parade or some other acknowledgment of the victory we have won in Iraq. First because everyone who served there deserves it and second because the incoming President tried his damndest to lose the war and should not be allowed near a celebration.sisu:
An inspired idea to lift our hearts and reaffirm our conviction that the national "narrative" being promulgated these many years by our betters on the left side of the aisle inside the Beltway and their fellow travelers in the Fourth Estate is a tangled web of lies and half truths, the product of a relentless campaign "to tarnish the Republican brand." Get that jackboot off your neck, fellow bloggers, and celebrate the truth that will make us free!Because No One Asked:
Have you noticed that we're hearing less news from Iraq? Fewer alarmist articles? Can you guess why?The Surfing Conservative:
The mainstream media has been silent. Ditto for the Democrats on Capitol Hill...and the incoming presidential administration. However, the facts on the ground do not lie, the United States has prevailed in the Iraq War. The "war" is over. Consolidation of that victory on the political and security front is all that remains for the United States and its Iraqi allies. All measures of success clearly point to the fact that the United States has achieved the political and military objectives that it has sought to do. Having followed the Iraq War from a personal and professional standpoint since its inception, I watched as the US military struggled through the early years in what appeared to be an unexpected quagmire, facing insurgencies from both Sunni and Shia guerrillas and their international terrorist allies. But the changes that began two years ago have turned the tables in Iraq decisively, to the point now where we can legitimately claim to have achieved "victory" in the war. Here are some quick facts that support the claim to victory:Oh No, Another Conservative Blog:
This isn't written in jest nor do I jest in posting Zombies blog. This is a serious subject and we, as Americans have earned the right to have victory declared. We owe it to our fighting forces to declare victory in Iraq. They fought, bled, and died for it. And succeeded in bringing peace to Iraq even though all the leftists in the world were prophesying defeat at every turn.Who Is John Galt?:
Blogger Zombie has taken upon itself to do what our current President should have done.Gathering of Eagles:
The Iraq War is over! American and Allied troops have successfully overthrown a mass murdering dictator, liberated over 27 million people, and helped establish a working democracy in the heart of the middle east.Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group:
"All of this fluffy-bunny feeling is a good mosque bombing away from backsliding." Thus sayeth The Armorer on "the muted sense of success" he and many others have that makes them uncomfortable with declarations of Victory in Iraq. VI Day?The Blog of Record:
Yes, there is still a lot to be done in Iraq - corruption is a big problem, - but the country is now free, secure, stable, and a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. And it is firmly on a path to becoming a democratic nation - proving wrong the Bush Administration's detractors from the Left, whose multiculturalism somehow didn't prevent them from arguing that efforts to "export democracy" to a country full of Muslim Arabs were ridiculous.Liberty for USA:
The battle most counted on by the terrorists was the battle of public opinion. Our dedicated and professional armed forces won that battle as well despite a constant countering by liberal groups including the media.Serr8d's Cutting Edge:
Yes, you see, we've won in Iraq, by all the standards that apply to winning a war. George Bush's hard-fought surge worked. General Petraeus proved his strategy, and our heroes in uniform carried out their orders and lived and died for us, for the victory. They deserve to have the honors, they deserve to know that they won.The Wide Awake Cafe:
The Iraq War is over and we have won. Really.The Foxhole:
The folks at Zombietime have proposed a VI Day (Victory in Iraq Day). It's an excellent suggestion, especially since we won the war in Iraq awhile ago, and the MSM, par for the course, refuses to acknowlege or even give tribute to the American troops who achieved it.Lock and Load:
OK folks, Zombietime has it right. Now that we have we achieved victory in Iraq, it's time to honor all the gallant military who made it possible. These young folks are America at its best....Hamilton, Madison, and Jay:
Yes, you read that right. The war in Iraq is over, and we bloggers have decided, with the urging of Zombie and a whole host of others listed by him, that the 22nd of November will be remembered as the day we won in the theater of Iraq over the Islamofascist hordes that were determined to destroy the way of life we know, and to drag a fledgling democracy into the pits of Hell. We urge ALL bloggers to jump on board -- be you Left, Right, or Center -- and acknowledge this simple fact.The Irascible Chef:
I Smell Napalm...Army Wife: Rants from Ft. Livingroom:
This victory is further evidenced by the emails I receive from deployed friends stating "I'm bored". This is so counter to the ones I would get from my soldier (during his first and second deployment) stating "only x number of mortars today".Sharp Right Turn:
Just for the record...Barking Moonbat Early Warning System
The media was on Bush's case for years over his "mission accomplished" speech, even though what he said was utterly correct: that the really large scale combat operations in Iraq were over. But because of that "blunder," and the PMSM spending months playing up the "McCain wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years" tripe, nobody wants to mention the obvious: that the fighting in Iraq is over. And it has been over for some time. Sure, there might be a couple little leftover splodeydopes with nothing better to do but push their little buttons. There might be a little action here and there for squad sized groups of soldiers. But it's a done deal, and it has been for several months. So in that vein, since Kate Smith has left us long ago and there are no other large women ready to sing, ZombieTime feels it's up to us to state the obvious. We might as well pick a date too, and use that to remind folks what has been so obvious that you haven't heard a word about it on TV. So let's use November 22nd. It's as good a day as any.Zion Beckons:
We can only conclude that the United States military in concert with the armed forces of Iraq may now declare victory. Since there was never an actual declaration of war, there can be no armistice. Since there was an essential agreement on the part of Iraq early on, there was no formal surrender. Therefore, since no one else will step up to make the declaration; Zion Beckons and hundreds of other bloggers have set aside [Satur]day, November 22, 2008 as the official "Victory in Iraq" Day.From My Position...On the Way!:
WE did it. We, the American Service Member, the patriots who supported us, the men and women at home who sent us everything from postcards to Kevlar Blankets, who never lost faith in us or our mission, won.Broadsides:
The United States has won the war in Iraq.
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