Winning In Iraq

From Iraq, Rocinante’s Burdens shares sure signs of winning in Iraq. Most notably:

1. US Forces have been directed to take the signs off of the backs of our vehicles. No longer do we say, “DANGER, STAY BACK 100M”. No longer will we drive aggressively and hog the roads. Now we will share the roads and obey traffic signals. This is a big deal and demonstrates the real confidence senior army leaders (a real risk averse bunch of guys if ever there were any) have in the current security situation here in Iraq.

And no one can note the following with more authority than a deployed soldier.

It is strange that Obama, having campaigned on getting us out of Iraq, wins the election just in time for us to declare victory, after which, we would have pulled out anyway. History will show him as a great peacemaker for bringing the war to an end, with maybe a footnote of the 6 years of effort to get us here.

Maybe a footnote. But that’s OK. We all know who and what won the war in Iraq. Petraeus is still in the game as commander of CENTCOM. And, established media be damned, MilBlogs ARE the Fairness Doctrine in this regard.

For instance, helping the media get it right about the Surge and the Anbar Awakening, which with our help, grew to become the Iraq Awakening and includes Sunni and Shi’a alike (so much for civil war)…

Anbar Rising – Part I (MilBlog TV)

Anbar Rising – Part II (MilBlog TV)

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  • peabody3000

    congratulations bu$h – you won a $2 trillion boondoggle on the blood of five thousand soldiers, leaving the middle east a great deal less stable than before, and with an america that is weaker and less safe

    bu$h: the terrorists greatest dream come true

  • clark smith

    Petraeus is still in the game as commander of CENTCOM.

    I’m sure Obama will get rid of Petraeus toute suite. Obama wants a neutered military; Petraeus was just too darned successful.

  • http://oyster.journalspace.com Oyster

    “History will show him as a great peacemaker for bringing the war to an end, with maybe a footnote of the 6 years of effort to get us here.”

    Not unless we allow it.

    It’s not about winning or losing wars for some. It’s about politics.

    This will be a victory for our troops – for their dedication and never taking their eyes off the prize. Regardless of executive reasons for going to war, the troops never thought of this as a war for oil. For them, it was about freedom and liberty. It matters not to them which party controls the White House.

  • Mac Lorry

    Yes, the Iraq war was expensive in terms of lives and money as well as politically. However, any realistic analysis of what the world would be like had Bush not removed Saddam and his sadistic sons from power shows that the Iraq war was a bargain in comparison.

    Those who claim Iraq was a mistake are reduced to pretending Saddam was either benign or at least powerless, but that flies in the face of everything known about the butcher of Baghdad.

  • dr lava

    The logic that we are “winning” in Iraq is so convoluted, so demeaning to thinking people, so insane of a notion…..

    At what cost? An unnecessary war, a Taliban stronger than in 2001 and now threatening Pakistan? Iraq war a success? 4195 dead Americans, thousands permanently disabled, 10s of billions of dollars stolen, 3.5 million refugees, 100s of thousands of dead Iraqis.

    Only conceivable to the mind that deems Bush a success or Palin a success or the fiscal policies of the past 8 years a success, or the rebuilding of New Orleans a success.

  • Mac Lorry

    Only conceivable to the mind that deems Bush a success or Palin a success or the fiscal policies of the past 8 years a success, or the rebuilding of New Orleans a success.

    Historians not infected with BDS will look at the facts of who Saddam was and assign those who opposed removing him from power to the same class of fools who opposed removing Hitler from power while that was a relatively easy task. Those who refuse to learn from history can hardly consider themselves “thinking people” or even sane. Such is the power of BDS.

  • http://roci_burden@yahoo.com Roci

    Thank for noticing.

    Dr Lava: That must be some great Kool-Aide. So many people seem to like it.

  • hcddbz

    Though every life is precious the amount of troops that we have lost in the war is far smaller than in other conflicts which have lasted longer. Also the impression that people have is that only the US has suffered casualties. We have killed far more of the enemy than they have killed of us.
    Our success or failure in Iraq will determine how we will do with the rest of the war on terror. If our allies see we will leaves without the job getting done or when it gets hard then why will they support US.
    The one thing we need to do is spend more on the troops in the field so they can better do their jobs.

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