(CNSNews.com) - Thanks to the success of the troop surge, America’s engagement in Iraq is on a “strong and steady course” that will allow U.S. troops “to come home in victory,” President Bush said on Tuesday.
Speaking at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, Bush announced that over the next several months, about 3,400 combat support forces will come home. This includes aviation personnel, explosive ordnance teams, combat and construction engineers, military police, and logistical support forces.
“By November, we'll bring home a Marine battalion that is now serving in Anbar Province. And in February of 2009, another Army combat brigade will come home. This amounts to about 8,000 additional American troops returning home without replacement,” Bush said.
“Here's the bottom line,” Bush said: “While the enemy in Iraq is dangerous, we have seized the offensive. Iraqi forces are becoming increasingly capable of leading and winning the fight. As a result, we've been able to carry out a policy of ‘return on success’ -- reducing American combat forces in Iraq as conditions on the ground continue to improve.”
We can declare victory in Iraq when a democratic, non-agressive country (freed of a despotic dictator who attacked his own people as well as his neighbors and was researching weapons of mass distruction) can sustain itself with assurances of American help should it be invaded by enemies. The trend is in that direction.
Contrast this to what the Democrats called for: Withdrawal while hostlities were still heavy. THAT would have been surrender and defeat.
An Iraqi vet trys to explain it to Mr. Obama: