As you’ve probably heard by now, President Obama is finally withdrawing essentially all American troops from Iraq by the end of this year.

And while you listen to the pundits whinge and bloviate about the end of an era and the significance of this historic moment, keep one fact in mind: We already won the Iraq War almost three years ago, before Obama even took office.

Did you miss the memo? That’s alright — better to hear the good news late than never:

Victory in Iraq Day: November 22, 2008

All the points and predictions I made in that post remain true, and I stand by my contention that the United States won the Iraq War, but for political reasons neither party felt it was advantageous to announce the victory.

As I said nearly three years ago:

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.

Does winning a war feel incomplete without a ticker tape parade? Not to worry — here’s one for for all the troops:

28 Responses to “Reminder: We won the Iraq War back in 2008 — before Obama even took office”

  1. 1Scott on Oct 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm:

    Hi Z: Another tidbit that the left wants us to forget about. From Bloomberg News: The U.S. had been negotiating on the terms of an accord with the government of Iraq on whether to keep some U.S. forces there past the end of 2012. The current U.S. agreement with Iraq for keeping troops in the country, negotiated in 2008 under President George W. Bush, expires at the end of this year.

    This troop withdrawl has been spun as a “victory” for President Obama, when in fact it turns out to be a simple follow through on a Bush policy. Kinda like Osama’s death. Or other terrorist leaders. And the spread of democracy in the middle east. Oh, and negotiations with the Iraqis to continue the “occupation” failed. As Rhambo said: never let a good crisis go to waste.

      

  2. 2Luigi on Oct 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm:

    I hope she made lotsa spaghetti.

      

  3. 3Pete on Oct 24, 2011 at 1:30 am:

    So this is where the rabid, fascist jews hang out with their jew-loving rightwingnut apologists for Israel. Pretty secretive aren’t you, all this hiding email addresses ‘because you get so much abuse’ boo hoo, sad little nazi fucker, want to spead your deranged anti-progressive shit around, but can’t take the hear. Typical anal-retentive, zionist fuckbag coward. All you want to do is sneer and rant and lie, but no one must oppose you, just your sad, pathetic wanker friends are welcome, so they can pat you on the back and say what a great guy you are. You are all pathetic no hopers, that’s why your website is a ludicrous apateur effort, you just don’t have the intelligence to master the simple art of web layout, which any eight year old can manage in an hour. Inadequate. Your portaits of mohammed were hilarious. How about bashing the crazies of your own religion arsehole? And by the way, only american morons think climate change and the human race’s awareness of what we’ve done to the ecosphere is down to Al Gore. Gore is a politician, out for himself, full of contradictions and hypocrisy like all politicians, including your favourite monkey Bush, if you had an argument, you’d address the science, but that’s not your way since youy don’t have a clue about science. So lots of pictures of Gore with lots of hilarious captions, wow, so funny. Are you all teenagers? Managed an ejaculation yet? PS you didn’t ‘win the war in Iraq’ you trashed a country for no good reason and are now trying to justify it – that’s Nazi Amerika’s way.

      

  4. 4Mario on Oct 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm:

    Aha! Here’s the problem, too many toasters. You know what they say… all toasters, toast toast!

      

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  6. 6Gil Batzri on Nov 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm:

    We “won” a war we should not have started at a cost of untold billions and thousands of US lives, tens of thousands of crippled formerly able bodied kids, and hundreds of thousands of dead iraqis. Oh yeah, and regional instability, a healthy helping of that also.

    Wow, let’s have a party!

    Let’s invade Iran and N. Korea now. Oh wait, they would actually fight back.

    Bush et al did a great job!

    Honestly, are you really this blinded by your politics?

      

  7. 7Pablo on Nov 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm:

    How many days before we were in Baghdad?
    We won so fast and easy, barely anyone noticed!
    Bravo America!
    Keep on truckin’!

      

  8. 8Danny on Dec 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm:

    Mission accomplished!

    Dumbass.

      

  9. 9Mjp on Jun 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm:

    I wonder if I said it like this, will people understand?, if England came during the rev war established a force of over a half million that still stood this day and they took out the U.S leader and put a new leader in place who they basically chose, would you consider America the victor. Thats what we did in Iraq and most people think we lost the war, I guess people are just stupid or have an agenda, its a win for the U.S in every way. Of course their will still be violence but we all know A.Q, A cant take over in Iraq or Afganistan and hold the govt in place, they can blow up people but their to banged up to actually destroy our progress and overthrow what weve established.

      

  10. 10Zam on Jul 3, 2012 at 4:34 am:

    Ha ha, very funny blog. I mean, why look at actual facts regarding Iraq when its so much easier to start a blog and just make shit up? Oh yeah—USA won the Iraq war LOL. Its so much better now in Iraq, isn’t it? No electricity, no law, no order, car bombs going off on a daily basis in bizarres, at checkpoints….mortars and rockets hitting the giant fortified US embassy on a daily basis. US military and private contractors STILL in Iraq by the thousands, etc. Nice one.

    If you Google “Iraq war” and read the results, it is clear this war was a loser for everybody involved. Nobody won the war, and that’s why the USA left Iraq with its tail between its legs, in shame. The American vets have come home by the thousands, blowing their brains out in American homes all across America….or they sleep in dumpsters, under overpasses, or in tent cities. They’re all fucked up mentally, and can no longer fit into civilian society. They are “un-people” now, used and discarded by GW Bush and Cheney and his ilk, who live in their gated mansions, and do lectures for $250,000 a pop.

    You’re a fuckin’ loser Zombie dude. Keep on hatin’ asshole. And keep on living in your little conservative fantasy land, you fucktard. I wish I could send you to Falluja with an American flag T-shirt on you, and a bullseye painted on your forehead. You believe in these wars? Then get your fucking ass over to the US Army recruitment center and sign up to “serve your country” you fucking asshole.

      

  11. 11Zam on Jul 3, 2012 at 4:49 am:

    When you look at all of the facts its pretty clear who in truth “won” the Iraq war: Iran did. the USA spent trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives lost—-all to defeat Iran’s enemy. Now there is close business ties between Iraq and Iran, even Iranian tour buses regularly travel to Iraq who take photos of blown up American tanks, humvees, etc.

    Iraq is now shia, and no longer sunni. Iran to USA: thanks for killing off our enemy and leaving. We’ll take over from here on out LOL.

      

  12. 12eleni on Oct 11, 2012 at 5:54 am:

    what exactly did we win? We went, we bombed, and so what? The Shias the sunnis are still fighting.
    we “won”nothing. Iraq was not at war with the US..duh..o wait…bush said on national tv..i woke up
    one morning, and said and i quote “god told me to go to iraq”…what a dimwit…

      

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