Happy National Sovereignty Day, Iraq

posted at 6:45 pm on June 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

In Iraq, it’s already June 30th, and they’re celebrating National Sovereignty Day.  The US has pulled back from Baghdad and other urban areas, leaving Iraq’s elected government and its security forces to maintain order and keep the peace.  Iraq has erupted in celebration, and the government has declared it a naional holiday:

Iraqi forces have assumed formal control of security in Baghdad and other cities after U.S. combat troops withdrew from urban areas. A countdown clock broadcast on Iraqi TV ticked to zero as the midnight deadline passed for combat troops to pull back.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has declared a public holiday and proclaimed June 30 as “National Sovereignty Day.”

A senior adviser to al-Maliki says “the withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security.” Sadiq Al-Rikabi told The Associated Press on Tuesday that “we are now celebrating the restoration of sovereignty.”

Congratulations, Iraq, on your National Sovereignty Day.  Thank you for the recognition of the sacrifices of American troops in establishing order and freedom from tyranny.  Our prayers and best wishes are with you as you take this big step towards self-determination and prove that Arab nations can thrive with democracy.

Just to the east, of course, another nation’s populace is also out in the street — looking for what Iraqis already have.  Our prayers and best wishes are with them, too.

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No comment from Barry.

Cicero43 on June 29, 2009 at 6:46 PM

All of this, by the grace of God and the blood of Americans.
Oh man, how are the college professors, here, going to explain what is happening, there?

OhEssYouCowboys on June 29, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Gird your loins Iraq

the last few weeks, President Obama quietly has added a new issue to Vice President Biden’s portfolio – Iraq.

Biden will serve as a “high point of contact” in the West Wing on Iraq, a senior administration official said, taking a more active role in reaching out to Iraqi officials and serving as a go-between for American officials on the ground and the White House.

The new assignment was timed to the pullout of U.S. combat forces from Iraqi cities this week but the vice president’s specific duties are still developing and the role is open-ended.

White House officials were careful to define Biden’s role – he is not an envoy and this is not a full-time position. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill and Gen. Ray Odierno do not report to the vice president, but because of Biden’s foreign policy background, the president wanted him to take a more active role on Iraq policy.

William Amos on June 29, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Good luck Iraq. Hope it lasts…and remember, if you want some love from Obama in the future, overthrow your democratically elected government immediately and install a tyrannical leftist dictator or Mullah.

AUINSC on June 29, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Made possible by Barry’s Cairo speech. /s

redrock on June 29, 2009 at 6:49 PM

A senior adviser to al-Maliki says “the withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security.”

Looks like someone doesn’t want an invitation to the White House Hot Dog fest and party :P

FontanaConservative on June 29, 2009 at 6:49 PM

We won.

SouthernGent on June 29, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Just waiting for King Bar-ack to start taking credit.

Dontcha know if it wasn’t for him, none of this is possible.

tru2tx on June 29, 2009 at 6:52 PM

“While certainly there will be challenges — there are many difficult political issues, social issues, governmental development issues — we feel confident in the Iraqi security forces continuing the process of taking over the security tasks in their own country,” said Petraeus after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.

This does not fill me confidence. Sounds a bit more like saying, “I’m sure they’ll try to hold it together” than that he’s sure they actually will.

TheUnrepentantGeek on June 29, 2009 at 6:52 PM

A senior adviser to al-Maliki says “the withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security.”

Looks like someone doesn’t want an invitation to the White House Hot Dog fest and party the hot dog party afterwards. :P

FontanaConservative on June 29, 2009 at 6:49 PM

FontanaConservative on June 29, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Another of effect of the divine “Cairo Speech” no doubt.
Meanwhile a soft spoken man in Crawford, Texas simply puts his feet up in quite satisfaction.

RobCon on June 29, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Looks like someone doesn’t want an invitation to the White House Hot Dog fest and party :P

FontanaConservative on June 29, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Hugo and Raoul are planning to surprise Our Leader.

But, keep that on the down-low – it’s going to be a surprise from Michelle.

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 29, 2009 at 6:53 PM

On Drudge right now:

“In response to Iraq’s “Sovereignty Day”, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi instructs all demorats to wear black armbands and declares 30 days of mourning in memory of Saddam Hussein.”

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Thank you GEORGE W. BUSH for making it happen.

RobCon on June 29, 2009 at 6:53 PM

ABU GHRAIB ABU GHRAIB ABU GHRAIB

/code getalife

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 6:54 PM

I pray that Bush’s plan to bring democracy to the Middle East continues to produce fruit! How can anyone claim this as a failure of Bush policy on Iraq.

The American left is blind to truth.

Actually Obama chose Afghanistan as his favorite war. Let’s see how that works out for him. I truly hope Obama gets a clue and can make Afghanistan work as well as Bush did Iraq.

And if anything goes wrong in Iraq from here on out… Obama fails.

petunia on June 29, 2009 at 6:56 PM

William Amos on June 29, 2009 at 6:47 PM

I’m going to take flak for this..

But honestly I feel better knowing Biden is looking over that situation than Obarfing.

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 6:56 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on June 29, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Your secret is safe with me. Oh hey a black car pulled into the driveway. A pair of nicely dressed men in black are stepping out. Better see what they wa…………

FontanaConservative on June 29, 2009 at 6:56 PM

I mean if I could, neither would be

But I’d pick Biden to oversee that stuff before Obarfing any day.

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Your secret is safe with me. Oh hey a black car pulled into the driveway. A pair of nicely dressed men in black are stepping out. Better see what they wa…………

FontanaConservative on June 29, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Hey, where did FontanaConser

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Maybe the proximity to our own Independence Day should be a constant reminder that our fate is linked to theirs and to the fates of other struggling democracies in the Middle East.

This is the Bush Doctrine, despite the fact that Katie Couric (D) and Charlie Gibson (D) don’t have a clue what it is.

jeff_from_mpls on June 29, 2009 at 6:59 PM

On Drudge right now:

“In response to Iraq’s “Sovereignty Day”, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi instructs all demorats to wear black armbands and declares 30 days of mourning in memory of Saddam Hussein.”

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Got me! I had to check out Drudge just to make sure that was a joke! Really.

I believe not only Pelosi but our Dear Leader, finds dictatorships much easier to trade and deal with than those unpredictable democracies.

petunia on June 29, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Mission Accomplished…….!

Seven Percent Solution on June 29, 2009 at 7:01 PM

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Do you …

OhEssYouCowboys on June 29, 2009 at 7:01 PM

We won.

SouthernGent on June 29, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Yes, but no ticker tape parades for the heroes. I guess the land of the free and home of the brave are too ashamed that the cowboy knew what he was doing after all.

petunia on June 29, 2009 at 7:03 PM

In all seriousness, a gigantic show of respect for all the soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and civilians from all allied nations who fought, bled, suffered and died to make this day possible. If not for them, this never would have happened.

A big Moon (_!_) for all you leftist schmucks who daily hoped for the war to fail and celebrated the deaths of American servicemen.

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 7:03 PM

How many news outlets will conveniently forget that this was arranged by Bush as they laud Obama for continuing his commitment to cut and run from Iraq?

Rightwing Czar on June 29, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Congratulations, Iraq, on your National Sovereignty Day. Thank you for the recognition of the sacrifices of American troops in establishing order and freedom from tyranny.

Ed, you have a really low threshold for what constitutes gratitude. The Iraqis have been spitting in our faces over this withdrawal and are not honoring the US sacrifice in any way commensurate with reality.

America is about to come face-to-face with the fact that there is no such thing as “goodwill” among arabs. They have no memory for anything good that’s been done for them. Just wait until they tear Iraq apart and blame the US for everything. You’ll see. And you’ll probably be pulling your hair out wondering why.

In the middle east, there is nothing but the tribe, the power of the day, and the alliance of the moment. Doing favors for anyone out there is like throwing gems into a volcano. Gone and forgotten. Don’t look for gratitude – they don’t know what the word means.

Until the West begins to understand this, our policies in the middle east will be fraught with poor goals and the threats from the arab/persian/muslim world will not stop.

progressoverpeace on June 29, 2009 at 7:05 PM

……..I’m back. They were just seeing if I wanted an invitation to The White house 4th of July party. I accepted. I’ve always wanted to arm wrestle with Mrs. Obama.

FontanaConservative on June 29, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Not much coverage on MSM either. Barry’s waitng for the polls to see if he thinks Irans sovereignty will be sustainable.

HoustonRight on June 29, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Congrats to Iraq.

Ditto on all your sentiments, Ed.

PattyJ on June 29, 2009 at 7:10 PM

They have no memory for anything good that’s been done for them. Just wait until they tear Iraq apart and blame the US for everything. You’ll see. And you’ll probably be pulling your hair out wondering why.

In the middle east, there is nothing but the tribe, the power of the day, and the alliance of the moment. Doing favors for anyone out there is like throwing gems into a volcano. Gone and forgotten. Don’t look for gratitude – they don’t know what the word means.

Until the West begins to understand this, our policies in the middle east will be fraught with poor goals and the threats from the arab/persian/muslim world will not stop.

progressoverpeace on June 29, 2009 at 7:05 PM

At which time our progressive friends will mumble something about “cultural hegemony” or “colonial oppression.”

TheUnrepentantGeek on June 29, 2009 at 7:10 PM

I hope somebody saved George W Bush a piece of cake atleast.

God bless our armed forces. They did NOT die in vain, and any scumbag (Obama,Pelosi,Reid,Kerry,Kennedy,Murtha,Dodd,etc) can EAT IT.

portlandon on June 29, 2009 at 7:10 PM

I wonder how crow tastes…….?

Seven Percent Solution on June 29, 2009 at 7:11 PM

How many news outlets will conveniently forget that this was arranged by Bush as they laud Obama for continuing his commitment to cut and run from Iraq?

Rightwing Czar on June 29, 2009 at 7:04 PM

In the final hour of today’s daily CNN O’bama Love-In known as “The Situation Room”, frunk driver Hack Cafferty’s segment started with his shrill assertion that the Iraq invasion was “ill-fated”. Near the end of the hour, he read several of the e-mails from his mentally challenged viewers, all of whom stated that Iraq was a total failure.

THE most busted name in news, indeed…

Del Dolemonte on June 29, 2009 at 7:11 PM

frunk driver Hack Cafferty’s

Drunk driver, sorry.

Del Dolemonte on June 29, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Seven Percent Solution on June 29, 2009 at 7:11 PM

The beautiful thing about being a lefty is never having to admit you were wrong or say you’re sorry, even when you obviously were wrong…morally and intellectually. So, we’ll never hear another word about it.

AUINSC on June 29, 2009 at 7:13 PM

That’s a beautiful thing.

V15J on June 29, 2009 at 7:13 PM

I’ve always wanted to arm wrestle with Mrs. Obama.
FontanaConservative on June 29, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Word to the wise, on Kronos the loser of an arm-wrestling match is put to death; just thought you should know.

I suggest turning your hat backwards and turning into a machine, that’s a winning strategy.

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 7:14 PM

A lot of blood, sweat, and tears, went into this day of celebration. Ours and theirs. Now make good on it. Three tours and my boy is done. He says he did his time and it is time for his time. When he hands off the baton in September he prays you won’t need another generation to light a candle for you.

Limerick on June 29, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Thank you George Bush!!!

And the Democrats – aside from Joe Lieberman – can kiss my ****.

PackerBronco on June 29, 2009 at 7:15 PM

In the middle east, there is nothing but the tribe, the power of the day, and the alliance of the moment. Doing favors for anyone out there is like throwing gems into a volcano. Gone and forgotten. Don’t look for gratitude – they don’t know what the word means.

Until the West begins to understand this, our policies in the middle east will be fraught with poor goals and the threats from the arab/persian/muslim world will not stop.

I completely agree. Muslim world has never had and will never have peace. They are completely incapable of it.

johnnybgood on June 29, 2009 at 7:16 PM

/code getalife

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Heh.
getalife is going to be something of a running joke here, isn’t she?

Count to 10 on June 29, 2009 at 7:18 PM

At which time our progressive friends will mumble something about “cultural hegemony” or “colonial oppression.”

TheUnrepentantGeek on June 29, 2009 at 7:10 PM

No doubt. And I have a feeling that the left has a special love, now, for the “colonial oppression” line, as The Precedent just saw fit to lie like a banshee about that during the Cairo leg of his Traitor Tour. It was the left’s wettest of dreams all come true.

progressoverpeace on June 29, 2009 at 7:19 PM

hmm…. I am with you JBG, a few quotes from the AP article:

“All of us are happy — Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds on this day,” Waleed al-Bahadili said as he celebrated at the park. “The Americans harmed and insulted us too much.”

and this from the Prime Minister:

Despite some concerns, al-Maliki appears eager to see the Americans leave and has urged Iraqis to hold steady against any rise in violence. Ahead of national elections next year, al-Maliki is portraying himself as the leader who defeated terrorism and ended the U.S. occupation.

Ladywolfnl on June 29, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Rightwing Czar on June 29, 2009 at 7:04 PM

+1

Thanks W!!

cmsinaz on June 29, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Ladywolfnl on June 29, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Keep in mind that this is an AP article…they’ve always tried to spin Iraqi sentiment as being much more anti-american than was.

AUINSC on June 29, 2009 at 7:23 PM

I completely agree. Muslim world has never had and will never have peace. They are completely incapable of it.
johnnybgood on June 29, 2009 at 7:16 PM

I think Mali is doing pretty good.

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Limerick on June 29, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Your son is a credit to us all. I hope there are enough of his type to get us through the extreme danger of the coming years. It’s going to be tough.

progressoverpeace on June 29, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Thank you to the brave American’s who fought for this and who gave their lives for this moment, thanks to all the Iraqis who stood up and fought for their nation. And thank you George W. Bush.

lavell12 on June 29, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Good call.

Oh hey I’ve come up with a pitch for the Arm wrestling match.
Just imagine it with the crazy monster truck rally voice:

“JULY!!! JULY!!! july, come see the undefeated heavy weight take on a brand new face to the Arm Wrestling Federation. That’s right, Michelle “The Gun Show” Obama takes on 125lbs of pure cartilage. The 18 year old rookie from Fontana California…FontanaConservative. Classic Liberal vs Conservative match up. Buy your tickets at your local WalMart!!!!!”

FontanaConservative on June 29, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Limerick on June 29, 2009 at 7:15 PM

your son deserves a beach house with a beach hut, two babes, and all the alcohol and BBQ’ed food he could ever want

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Thank you Maliki! Let’s not forget him.

Maliki’s “Victory”

Off the wires:

BAGHDAD, June 20 (Xinhua) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Saturday that the U.S. troops’ withdrawal from Iraqi cities and towns by the end of this month would be a “great victory” for Iraqis.

“It is a great victory for Iraqis as we are going to take our first step toward ending the foreign presence in Iraq,” Maliki said during a conference in Baghdad for leaders of ethnic Turkmen minority.

So, Maliki is claiming a “great victory” in “ending the foreign presence in Iraq” as US troops withdraw from Iraqi cities. “Ingrate” doesn’t begin to describe this creep — or, as Bush loyalists still prate, “our ally.”

More than 4,000 US troops died defending those same Iraqi hellholes, I mean, cities, and many thousands more young American men have been maimed for life. The prime minister of Iraq, however, now transforms this longterm American sacrifice on behalf of Iraq into a residual “foreign presence” over which he can now taste victory.

The point here is not Maliki’s ingratitude. It is not even disloyalty. The point is that Iraq is not on the same side as the US — the “foreign presence.” That means that when Maliki claims “great victory” over the US, and the US (conservatives) claim “great victory” in Iraq, they can’t both be right. Someone is being played for a chump.

aengus on June 29, 2009 at 7:27 PM

progressoverpeace on June 29, 2009 at 7:24 PM

There are a million sons and daughters who deserve the honor.

I’ll tell you this…..he isn’t shy about his convictions. I won’t go further, as Uncle Sugar doesn’t take too kindly to ‘The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You’.

Limerick on June 29, 2009 at 7:29 PM

progressoverpeace,

They have no memory for anything good that’s been done for them. Just wait until they tear Iraq apart and blame the US for everything. You’ll see.

That’s no problem at all. If the Arabs tear Iraq apart and blame the U.S. for everything, conservatives can blame Obama for pulling out and disturbing the 100-year gestation period that all good Muslim democracies require.

Just think, if not for Obama’s policies today then Bush VIII could be celebrating the anniversary of National Kill The Yankee Infidel Sovereignty Day in 2083. But Obama ruined has all that. Grrrr. That makes me angry.

aengus on June 29, 2009 at 7:37 PM

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.

Drink Iraq!

Please. We did what we could.

petunia on June 29, 2009 at 7:39 PM

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.

You can lead an Iraqi to water – but you can’t stop him from committing slaughter – even if it’s his own daughter.

aengus on June 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM

This reminds me of the US occupation of Vera Cruz in Mexico in 1914. For six months, the US installed what was the most ethical, responsible and effective government that city – and indeed the country – had ever seen. Indeed, it was a progressive era dream come true. Crime plummeted, the economy improved, and people appeared to enjoy it.

When the US pulled out, it went back to the way it was. Pray that it doesn’t happen to Iraq.

KillerKane on June 29, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Good luck Iraq.

Terrye on June 29, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Iraq is free!

Thank-you,America,for the Liberation of Iraq,and
the last of,the Leader of the Free World,President
George Bush!!

canopfor on June 29, 2009 at 7:52 PM

With fingers and toes crossed….this more than about Iraq, this is about hope for humanity.

patrick neid on June 29, 2009 at 7:53 PM

I think we should wait and see what happens here. I am not one of those people who is going to say that the Arabs are hopeless or that they will destroy this or that they will never appreciate anything anyone has done for them.

There were people who said Iraq would never come as far as it already has. A lot of people have been wrong about Iraq, on both sides of the divide. In fact there are some people on the right who sound very much like the left when it comes to the removal of Saddam from power.

Terrye on June 29, 2009 at 7:53 PM

patrick:

Very true.

Terrye on June 29, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Let’s remember what they celebrate, and why.

And remember that the Democrats had to be drug kicking and screaming just to claim this much victory and the continued success of the Iraqis or their failure now rests squarely on their shoulders.

Speakup on June 29, 2009 at 8:03 PM

I completely agree. Muslim world has never had and will never have peace. They are completely incapable of it.

johnnybgood on June 29, 2009 at 7:16 PM

I think Mali is doing pretty good.

Bishop on June 29, 2009 at 7:24 PM

According to a report I read a few years ago, issued by some international, body Mali has greater press freedom than the United States. So I’m quite prepared to believe in Mali exceptionalism.

But ask yourself this – is Mali your typical Muslim counry? Clearly it is not. So then the question becomes what on earth are you talking about? Is it possible that Mali is the exception to the rule of Islamic tyranny – and not representative of Muslim nation-states in general?

aengus on June 29, 2009 at 8:03 PM

I’m going to take flak for this..

But honestly I feel better knowing Biden is looking over that situation than Obarfing.

blatantblue on June 29, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Sadly, after thinking about it, I realized two things;
1. It’s horible that I have to evaluate how anyone could be a worse choice than Joe Biden for any task requiring thought.
2. Even worse, you’re right – Joe has the edge here (never thought I’d type that!)

massrighty on June 29, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Just think, if not for Obama’s policies today then Bush VIII could be celebrating the anniversary of National Kill The Yankee Infidel Sovereignty Day in 2083. But Obama ruined has all that. Grrrr. That makes me angry.

aengus on June 29, 2009 at 7:37 PM

This doesn’t even rise to the level of rational thought.
Please clear the field for the skilled players.

massrighty on June 29, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Good luck Iraq.

myrenovations on June 29, 2009 at 8:30 PM

This doesn’t even rise to the level of rational thought.
Please clear the field for the skilled players.

massrighty on June 29, 2009 at 8:21 PM

It was sarcasm, obviously.

If you’re such a “skilled player” then why not hone in on something related to politics, like Maliki’s public statements.

Why does Maliki tell the Iraqi people that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is a “great victory”? For whom is it a great victory? The U.S.? Iraq? Obama?

aengus on June 29, 2009 at 8:31 PM

It was sarcasm, obviously.

If you’re such a “skilled player” then why not hone in on something related to politics, like Maliki’s public statements.

Why does Maliki tell the Iraqi people that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is a “great victory”? For whom is it a great victory? The U.S.? Iraq? Obama?

aengus on June 29, 2009 at 8:31 PM

Without the /sarc tag, or a clear history of posting sarcastically, how would anyone know?

Maliki has to play to his base. Telling the Iraqi people that the withdrawl is is a great victory accomplishes this. Note that he doesn’t say that it’s a great victory “over” anyone. So, he gets to satisfy his populace, and pump up the (presumptively) successful fruition of his own policies.

massrighty on June 29, 2009 at 8:37 PM

To Iraq: may you be free of a dictator til the end of your days! may your children remember the schools rebuilt, the soccer games with soldiers, being cared for by American doctors and the silence of peace. May the mothers and daughters remember returning to schools and markets without fear and the end to loved ones being taken by Husseins’ henchmen in the night. May the men mourn their fathers, brothers, uncles, sons who disappeared under Saddam and vow to never let it happen again.

There will be setbacks. Let us take one day at a time and hopefully the good days will outnumber the bad.

God bless our troops and their families for their sacrifice and God Bless George Bush, Laura, Cheney, Rice and all his cabinet who stood resolute with him behind the Resolute desk.

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 29, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Hear, Hear…

Kaptain Amerika on June 29, 2009 at 8:39 PM

who stood resolute with him behind the Resolute desk.

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 29, 2009 at 8:39 PM

And, I bet he never put his feet on it, either!

massrighty on June 29, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Why does Maliki tell the Iraqi people that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is a “great victory”? For whom is it a great victory? The U.S.? Iraq?

Both. This is the place we’ve been fighting to get to for the last 6 years. That the Iraqis are ready to secure their own cities is a win for them and for those who have been training them to do it, as well as for those who have been doing it in their stead. Those last two groups are both the US military.

Pablo on June 29, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Congratulations and thanks all around. And a flip of the middle finger to Dirty harry and the rest of the defeatocrats.

Memo to Iraq: You’re welcome. Now don’t screw it up.

Pablo on June 29, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Without the /sarc tag, or a clear history of posting sarcastically, how would anyone know?

massrighty on June 29, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Now you know. No harm, massrighty. Everyone misses sarcasm here and there. aengus knows his stuff about these issues and always has good information to convey.

progressoverpeace on June 29, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Now you know. No harm, massrighty. Everyone misses sarcasm here and there. aengus knows his stuff about these issues and always has good information to convey.

progressoverpeace on June 29, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Then I owe aengus an apology.
Sorry, Aengus!

massrighty on June 29, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Iraq..NEVER, NEVER listen to anything from a Democrats mouth. If it was up to them your freedom would never had happened. Remember it was GEORGE BUSH who made this happen. Not the weak “girlie-man”Obama.

Jeff from WI on June 29, 2009 at 9:33 PM

History will recall this great victory for freedom.

Tony737 on June 29, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Some one call Senator Reid and tell that low life we did not lose the war. We Won.That will bust him up.

Denniscat on June 29, 2009 at 9:55 PM

Of course Libtards are saying that Bush and McCain would have postponed this if they were in power. Allah forbid they give them any credit.

Speedwagon82 on June 29, 2009 at 9:56 PM

It is indeed a great day. I wish the Iraqi’s success, that our troops can get out of there very soon, and never have to go back.

So try to to screw it up Iraq. You have independence, and unlike our ancestors you didn’t have to win it yourselves. So cherish it like I’m sure our fore fathers did.

Hog Wild on June 29, 2009 at 10:03 PM

As a Vietnam vet, the ghosts of friends who died in vain have haunted me for my entire life. I pray to God that America doesn’t throw away the sacrifices that have been made in Iraq and let it fall into a state of civil war and terrorism.

Star20 on June 29, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Iraqi’s had better not screw this up, if they do they owe me and pint of blood and a pound of flesh. I mean that in a very real way.

Dragoonchris on June 29, 2009 at 10:42 PM

But..But, we were there as imperialists and after the oil! The Iraqis need a dictator and can’t possibly manage democracy!

Our best wishes to the Iraqis and their democratically elected leaders! And our best wishes to the Iranian people (but NOT the thugs that rule over them…at the moment.)

And our best wishes to Honduras, who government proved that a democratically elected leader who violates the balance of power in an attempt to gain total control will suffer quick rebuke of such attempts.

michaelo on June 29, 2009 at 10:56 PM

People of Iraq: Be steadfast in your recently reclaimed freedoms. Congratulations and Godspeed!

ConScribe on June 30, 2009 at 12:26 AM

Pelosi, Reid, Obama et. al. despite all your bluster, you know deep in your heart that if you had made the final calls, the Iraqi people would not be free today. Thankfully for everyone except the tyrants in Iraqis neighboring countries, you will not have to live with that legacy.

KW64 on June 30, 2009 at 12:34 AM

The Sovereignty Day celebration brings to mind another celebration: “Iraqis Celebrate Second Anniversary of ‘Wonderful, Colossal’ Erroneous Prediction of U.S. Senator Harry Reid”: http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/04/iraqis-celebrate-second-anniversary-of.html

Mervis Winter on June 30, 2009 at 12:35 AM

This is a good moment to express my gratitude to the troops who, although they may or may not realize it now, have done more for world freedom, and freedom IS freedom, than I believe any of us realize. The domino effect that their neighbor dictators so fought against by investing in arms and training for Al Queda, is already having a strong effect in Iran. And it won’t stop there.

I believe that peace between Palestinians and Israel will come as a result of America’s efforts in Iraq. How? As freedom and prosperity is something everyone wants, for themselves and more importantly, for their children and as Muslim nations embrace capitalism and garner prosperity through self-determination, then live and let live attitudes grow — slowly, certainly. Parents everywhere will gladly spend more time helping their children, than finding ways to hurt others, if they are given the opportunity to help their own children in any significant way. Like Americans, Iraqis now enjoy these opportunities.

I may not see Israel and Palestinians living in peace in my lifetime, but I can see the light at the end of that long tunnel thanks to the sacrifices of our and Iraq’s peoples in the name of freedom.

Let’s never forget how precious freedom is and that it is worth fighting for. May God bless the Iraqis so that they may enjoy the relief from tyranny for generations to come.

Danzo on June 30, 2009 at 4:14 AM

It’s just possible that IRAQ is more free than we are today.
Maybe they should help us get rid of a tyrant.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 6:32 AM

Thank you GEORGE W. BUSH for making it happen.

RobCon on June 29, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Exactly.

In this face of your own “countrymen” doing all that they could to give aid and comfort to the enemy. In the face of the treasonous Democrat Party cynically undermining our military and Commander in Chief, in a time of war, for greedy political gain.

In truth, it was a victory of the traitor scum Democrat Party, which is why there will be no victory parade down Independence Avenue.

The real war will be won when the Democrat Party in this country, is defeated and destroyed.

NoDonkey on June 30, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Baghdad should be renamed Bushtown, or Bushville, or Flat Bush or something to commemorate what he did for them.

Jeff from WI on June 30, 2009 at 9:26 AM