In which the guy who was against the war every step of the way, including the surge, pays tribute to Iraqi independence in the aftermath of Saddam. I know I’m supposed to goof on him for statements like this given his record but I quite like them, just as I liked his speech to U.S. troops for “getting the job done” back in February. It’s a rare case of The One subordinating his ego to the demands of the office. He was wrong on the surge and he knows it, but rather than try to downplay its effect, he’s willing to recognize progress where he sees it. This suits his agenda too, of course — the more independent Iraq is, the easier it is to bring the troops home — but that’s fine by me. A win/win situation is ideal. So long as it really is win/win.