This is the latest chapter of an agreement signed between Pres Bush and the Iraqi government in 2008.
We don't expect Iraq to turn into "Alice in Wonderland" or some perfect democracy. Where is such a country anyway?
At the same time, we have to admire the amazing recovery and elections there. Who will ever forget the people defying the terrorists and marching to vote over and over again?
Who would have believed in March 2003 that Iraq would be what it is today?
The Iraq War is one of those issues that causes mental blocks in the left.
On one hand, they can't say anything positive about it.
On the other hand, they have to reluctantly admit that it is Pres BO, the guy that they enthusiastically supported, who is carrying out the Bush/McCain plan in Iraq.
How is that for a little irony?
Who is now deeply invested in making sure that the Bush plan works in Iraq?
The answer is Pres BO, the same man who opposed the surge in 2007.
We give Pres BO high marks for completing the work started by Pres Bush and for reversing himself regarding Iraq.
We are happy with Pres BO's reversal but the left really isn't, as we saw in The SF Chronicle editorial: Out of Iraq - sort of
We are doing in Iraq what Sen McCain promised during the campaign.
We are leaving 50,000 troops and building a huge diplomatic presence.
Does any of this sound like what candidate BO promised during the campaign?
What would have happened if candidate BO had said in 2007-08: Vote for me and I will implement the Bush plan and keep 50,000 troops in Iraq.
Today, we salute Pres Bush for having had the toughness to see this through, specially in the extremely difficult period of 2006-07.
Pres Bush simply refused to lose in Iraq and that turned out to be the right decision.
The WSJ has a great editorial:
"....will likely recall as Mr. Bush's finest hour."
How do we know that it was his finest hour?
First, the Dems made a lot of partisan noise but never had the guts to cut the funding. (The Dems are "talkers" as so many "yes we can screamers" are painfully learning about that immigration reform promise and the other one about closing GITMO)
Second, Pres BO is carrying out the Bush policy. Iraq is now a bi-partisan project, no matter how many times the left reminds us that it was "Bush's war"!
Again, we congratulate Pres Bush and Sen McCain for making this day possible.
We salute the US, UK and other coalition troops who did such a great job in Iraq.
We remember soldiers like Nathaniel Aguirre, a young man from our church who was killed in Iraq in 2006.
P.S. Here a couple of videos about Iraq.
The first one is Al Gore blasting the first Pres Bush for keeping Saddam in power after the first Gulf War. The second is Dems & Iraq. The third is Sen McCain from 2008: