Victory Day in Iraq (?)
As exuberant as I felt in that post's message, I am hesitant to declare Iraq a victory. There will probably never be an "official" victory declaration.
At some point, though, Iraq should succeed or fail based upon its own merits of self-rule and self-determination. No more apron-strings. And if it fails, if things head south of success, it should not be an indictment of the decision to remove Saddam. That remains, a positive. And I stand by the justifications put forth for war, to this day. In fact, even more so today than I did back then.
I think the photo below (another side of the reality), which BDSers would take delight in posting on their lefty sites, is actually the best indicator of just how well democracy is flourishing in the new Iraq:
They still have a long way to go, though. Burning effigies of our "selected not elected" president is sooooo yesterday, and unimaginative. When they can come up with protests like this against the imperialistic, fascist dictatorial evil Bush regime:
....and get away with it....
Then, now, we're talking freedom and democracy, baby!
My pseudo-cross-post at Flopping Aces