Today is the Victory in Iraq Day. The Iraqi war is over and we won. Period.
Michael Yon of Online Magazine, a well-respected independent journalist/blogger and a US Special Forces veteran, having been embedded to several American and British military units in Iraq and Afghanistan , phoned Instapundit.com blogger to say this:
“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. I’ve been asking Iraqis, ‘do you think the violence will kick up again,’ but even the Iraqi journalists are sounding optimistic now and they’re usually dour.” There’s a little bit of violence here and there, but nothing that’s a threat to the general situation. Plus, not only the Iraqi Army, but even the National Police are well thought of by the populace. Training from U.S. toops has paid off, he says, in building a rapport.
He says the big problem everybody is talking about now is corruption. But hey, we have that here, too. He’ll be heading to Afghanistan next week. “Afghanistan is a bad situation, but on Iraq I can’t believe things have turned out so well.”
He thinks that Obama will be able to pull troops out, and send some to Afghanistan, without creating problems in Iraq. Michael will be reporting from Afghanistan soon, and sending back video, so stay tuned. Things aren’t going swimmingly there.
MORE DETAILS CAN BE SEEN HERE HOW DID WE REALLY WON THE WAR, no thanks to the Democrats and President-elect Obama, both have so far avoiding any reference of victory in Iraq for the U.S. troops. President Bush and his administration, especially General David Petraeus, should deserve credits for the right decisions made to go with the direction in Iraq after the fall of Donald Rumsfeld as the Secretary of Defense in 2006.
WE WON!! THANKS TO THE U.S. TROOPS!
Let’s honor all the troops, both living and dead, who have worked incredibly hard, under very difficult circumstances and conditions, to make life a bit more better for the peoples of Iraq for the future’s sake and acknowledge that their sacrifices have not been in vain after all.
Now, Afghanistan is a much bigger job to tackle and there will be a much bigger Surge there in the coming months. Here’s hoping President Obama doesn’t screw that up (though, I’m not holding my breath).
Remember these words from President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address:
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.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
Today is the 45th year anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas.