Reid Not Outrageous, Just Wrong
There has been some uproar about Harry Reid's comment that America has lost the war in Iraq. (AmericaBlog)
From the Right, David Broder -- who's got his head shoved so far inside Washington's ass that I suspect he was the one who found Reagan's polyps -- called Reid an embarrassment and suggested the Democrats might want to demote him. Broder is supposed to be the high exalted "dean" of Washington political journalism and commentary. That is, amongst his own peers inside the Beltway (hence the polyp comment).
The Left fired back with blog (Media Matters) and column comments, and the Senate Democrats wrote a unanimous letter of support for Reid.
Of course the ball got lobbed back by the Right. (Sadly, No!)
But everyone's missing the point. What Reid said was just not true. We didn't lose the war, we won it on May 1, 2003 when the President publicly declared "Mission Accomplished;" or when we captured Saddam Hussein in December 2003; or when the Iraqis had their elections and instituted a government and constitution on October 15, 2005.
Iraq has a new, democratically elected government which we are not at war with because it is our ally.
The U.S. is occupying Iraq. You can't win or lose an occupation, you can only either stay or go.
Thus let it be officially declared: We won GWII.
We destroyed and disarmed the Baath government, captured its leaders and instituted democracy in the Middle East. The war is over. Huzzah, let the bells peal and the statues topple -- and whack them with your shoes for good measure. We're done.
Let's go home.