Saturday, November 22

Victory in Iraq Day

We won the war in Iraq.

It is a fact.

The country is under new management.

Saddam is dead.

A threat to the US has been removed.

We won. The Iraq 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:


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. - ZombieTime

An Iraqi solider proudly displays his ink stained finger after voting in the country's national referendum on the draft constitution in Tal Afar, Iraq, on Oct. 15, 2005. Iraqi Army security forces with assistance from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and 82nd Airborne Unit are providing security for the region of Tal Afar in order to disrupt terrorists from derailing the election process. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Alan D. Monyelle, U.S. Navy. (Released)

Iraqi children escort U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Gregory A. Frank as he patrols in Al Ish, Iraq, on May 10, 2006. Frank is with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, I Marine Expeditionary Force. DoD photo by Cpl. Brian M. Henner, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeff McCain performs a post-flight check on an Iraqi air force C-130 Hercules aircraft at New Al Muthana Air Base, Iraq, on July 11, 2006. McCain is assigned to the Coalition Air Force Transition Team working with Iraqis to rebuild their air force. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Bouchard, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

U.S. Army soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division and Iraqi army soldiers from Emergency Service Unit dismount from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to conduct a cordon and search operation in villages in the Kirkuk province of Iraq on Dec. 7, 2006. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

A U.S. Marine from Dam Security Unit III mans a weapon aboard a small unit riverine craft during a reconnaissance mission on Lake Habbaniyah in Iraq on Jan. 10, 2007. Marines from the Security Unit are deployed with 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. DoD photo by Sgt. Edward A. Reagan, U.S. Army. (Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Cecilia Garcia (left) assists a patient during a combined medical operation conducted by soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division on July 16, 2007, in Hollandia, Iraq. Garcia is assigned to Charlie Company, 203rd Brigade Support Battalion. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Weismiller, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

Commander of Multi-National Corps - Iraq Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, U.S. Army, speaks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as she arrives at Baghdad International Airport, Iraq, on Dec. 18, 2007. Rice's visit to Iraq includes stops in Baghdad's International Zone and the northern city of Kirkuk. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Curt Cashour, U.S. Army. (Released)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Phillip Wilson (right) talks with key council members and sheiks during a conference in Taji, Iraq, on Jan. 10, 2008. Wilson is the commander of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. William Greer, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

U.S. Army soldiers watch as a flock of sheep moves past them during a cordon and search mission for high value insurgents in Upper Dugmut, Iraq, on April 3, 2008. The soldiers are attached to 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

Navy Lt. Robert F. Render (left), Battalion Surgeon, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, examines a woman's eyes at the Al Jazeera Elementary School in Northern Ramadi, Iraq, on May 6, 2008. Marines and sailors are at the school to pass out food and provide medical treatment to students and adults. DoD photo by Sgt. Jeremy M. Giacomino, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Matt Radcliffe, a military policeman from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gives a high five to a young Iraqi girl while Spc. Martin watches during a patrol through the Thawra 1 neighborhood of Sadr City, Iraq, on June 16, 2008. DoD photo by Tech Sgt. Cohen A. Young, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

A local sheik greets U.S. Army Capt. Brian Sweigart of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division at a newly constructed school in the Al Awad region of Iraq on July 17, 2008. DoD photo by Spc. Daniel Herrera, U.S. Army. (Released)

U.S. service members conduct police transition training with Iraqi police officers in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 31, 2008. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joan E. Kretschmer, U.S. Navy. (Released)

Iraqi children gather around as U.S. Army Pfc. Shane Bordonado patrols the streets of Al Asiriyah, Iraq, on Aug. 4, 2008. Bordonado is assigned to 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. DoD photo by Spc. Daniel Herrera, U.S. Army. (Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Cutledge, from Regimental Combat Team 1, speaks with an Iraqi mother and her daughter during a cooperative medical engagement in Karmah, Iraq, on Aug. 12, 2008. Iraqi police officers and Marines with Civil Affairs Detachment, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, Combat Logistics Battalion 1 and elements of I Marine Expeditionary Force are providing health care and food to residents. DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Stuart Wegenka, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Sumalee Bustamante forms up the female class of trainees for physical training at the Kirkuk Iraqi Police Academy, Iraq, on Aug. 26, 2008. Bustamante is a Platoon Sergeant with Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, deployed to Forward Operating Base Warrior, Iraq. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Ave I. Pele-Sizelove, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

A U.S. Army soldier distributes humanitarian assistance items at a community center in Eastern Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 14, 2008. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Brian D. Lehnhardt, U.S. Army. (Released)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from Joint Base Balad, Iraq, refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 763rd Expeditionary Refueling Squadron during a mission over Iraq on Sept. 3, 2008. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon II, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

U.S. Army soldiers wait to board a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, on Nov. 17, 2008. The aircraft is deployed from the 437th Airlift Wing out of Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson, U.S. Air Force. (Released)
Also keep in mind that:
- Afghanistan is under new management.
- Liberia is under new Management.

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Anonymous said...

Some very beautiful pictures there.
Since I have always maintained a neutral stance towards the U.S war in Iraq, I cannot comment about this with much emotion.

I only hope that less people will have to suffer from now on.

will said...

a good post. thank you.