Sunday, November 23, 2008
We won. Someone go tell Harry Reid.
Today is the appointed day for rejoicing about the victory in Iraq.
This has been a different kind of war and I think we all have had a tough time getting our arms around what victory actually means. I will stand with security conditions that allow the Iraqis to govern themselves. They seem to be doing so and we continue to move back as they step forward. Congratulations to all who were part of those efforts and godspeed to all who gave their lives or were wounded in the cause. Those who fought knew they could win, and they did.
Of course, the war was actually over the first day I set foot in theater, nobody knew it (except me) though.
We won. That doesn't mean there will be more violence, it means we've met every goal we've set in Iraq since 2003.
Saddam and his regime toppled? Check.
Weapons of mass destruction found? Check. Proof here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
New, democratically elected gummint in place? Check.
Safe and secure environment? Check. Well, at least as safe and secure as Chicago. Between 1 Jan 2008 and 30 June 2008, 230 troops were killed in Iraq, counting combat AND non-combat deaths. In Chicago, (land of gun control) there were 229 murders in the same period of time.
Complete women's suffrage? Check.
This was supposed to go up yesterday, but I am a muppet.