Late last month, with scant attention from the domestic mainstream press, the United Nations Security Council passed resolution 1859; which, in effect ends the Iraq War. The resolution declared the end of the multi-national forces mandate in Iraq. The authority for U.S. troops remaining in Iraq has given way to the Status of Forces Agreement recently signed by the Iraqi government and the Bush Administration.
With the passage of this resolution, the United Nations has sanctioned the U.S victory in Iraq. The Bush Administration has long said that victory in Iraq would come when a stable, democratic government that is not a threat to its neighbors, is capable of sustaining itself, and is an ally in the war on terror is stood up. What better evidence can there be of that achievement coming to fruition than an official sanction from the U.N.?
“Welcoming the efforts of the democratically elected, constitutionally based, national unity Government of Iraq in fulfilling its detailed political, economic, and security programme and national reconciliation agenda, and encouraging in that regard the holding of inclusive and peaceful provincial elections, [...]
“Noting the progress that is taking place in Iraq, particularly in achieving security and stability, and in strengthening the armed forces and other Iraqi security forces, and noting likewise Iraq’s progress in the political and economic fields, [...]
“Welcoming the continuing work of the Government of Iraq towards a federal, democratic, pluralistic and unified Iraq, in which there is full respect for human rights,
“Noting the Government of Iraq’s progress in pursuing an atmosphere in which sectarianism is totally rejected, underscoring the importance of inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation, [...]
welcoming the Prime Minister’s affirmation of Iraq’s commitment to living in peace with its neighbours in a manner that contributes to the security and stability of the region, and recognizing the expiration of the mandate of the multinational force at the end of 31 December 2008,
“Recognizing the positive developments in Iraq and that the situation now existing in Iraq is significantly different from that which existed at the time of the adoption of resolution 661 (1990), and further recognizing the importance of Iraq achieving international standing equal to that which it held prior to the adoption of resolution 661 (1990).
Credit for the winning of Iraq can only go to the troop surge and the brilliantly conceived and executed counter-insurgency strategy of Gen. David Petraeus. The victory that once was thought impossible has come to be because President Bush refused to abandon Iraq to the forces of chaos and terror, as Congressional Democrats and President-elect Obama advocated. Were this another time in American history, Petraeus might well have been recommended for a fifth star for his exemplary triumph. The magnitude of the turnaround in Iraq and the importance of it to the nation's future security is nothing short of monumental. U.S. troops can and should remain in Iraq as a bulwark against forces in the region that would still like to see Iraq fail. But their job has been made much harder by the political, social, and economic progress that has taken place in Iraq under the protective umbrella of the troop surge.
Victory has long been the word that liberals, Democrats, and anti-war activists have dreaded being attached to the Iraq War. But the day has come, and certified by no less than the U.N. Soon, those that once promised that Iraq was un-winnable will be claiming credit. They may even release the funds that Congress had, until 2007, annually appropriated for an Iraq victory parade. But no amount of grandstanding will remove the stain of defeatism from Democrats and those in the eternal doubters chorus who loudly, shrilly, and forcefully declared their opposition to a victory of any form in Iraq.