Iraq Victory Vindicates Bush

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2009 11:15 AM CDT
Iraq Victory Vindicates Bush
A man carries brick as his family builds additional floor at their home as a US patrol goes by in Hurriyah neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

They called it Bush’s folly, a lost cause, even the worst foreign policy mistake in US history. “Even now, there are those who cannot bring themselves to utter the words ‘victory’ and ‘Iraq’ in the same sentence,” writes Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe. “But six years after the war began, it is ending in victory.”

One recent ABC report marveled at the “streets without fear.” Combat deaths are at a 6-year low. Nouri al-Maliki has formed an alliance with a Sunni, proving Iraq’s democracy can transcend sectarian divides. Granted, Iraq is no "Jeffersonian republic," Jacoby writes. "But over the past six years it has been transformed from one of the most brutal tyrannies on earth to an example of democratic pluralism in the heart of the Arab world." (Read more Iraq war stories.)

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