Ask Congress if the Iraq War Has Been Won?

Personally, I couldn’t give a shit what Congress thinks about the war, or anything else:

Is it time for America to declare success in Iraq? That depends on whom you ask. While the nation has been consumed with its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the war — the early focal point of the presidential campaign — has moved to the back burner.

In May 2007, at the start of the troop “surge” that is credited with quelling much of the violence in Iraq, Congress established 18 benchmarks that it would use to determine whether America was succeeding there. Now, a year and a half later, whether those benchmarks have been met depends on whom you talk to.

I’ll defer to someone who knows what the hell he’s talking about:

Independent reporter Michael Yon has spent more time in Iraq embedded with combat soldiers than any other journalist in the world, and a few days ago he boldly declared the war over:

Barring any major and unexpected developments (like an Israeli air strike on Iran and the retaliations that would follow), a fair-minded person could say with reasonable certainty that the war has ended. A new and better nation is growing legs. What’s left is messy politics that likely will be punctuated by low-level violence and the occasional spectacular attack. Yet, the will of the Iraqi people has changed, and the Iraqi military has dramatically improved, so those spectacular attacks are diminishing along with the regular violence. Now it’s time to rebuild the country, and create a pluralistic, stable and peaceful Iraq. That will be long, hard work. But by my estimation, the Iraq War is over. We won. Which means the Iraqi people won.

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