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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Iraqi Gov't Takes Command of Armed Forces


Thursday, September 07, 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq — For the first time since its defeat by U.S.-led coalition forces in 2003, Iraq is in command of its own armed forces.

"From today forward, the Iraqi military responsibilities will be increasingly conceived and led by Iraqis," top U.S. commander in Iraq Gen. George Casey said Thursday, after signing over command of Iraq's military to the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Miliki.

Al-Maliki now has complete control over the country's small navy and air force, and of the 8th Iraqi Army Division, based in the south.

"The Iraqi Army today is rebuilt again away from sectarian violence," al-Maliki said at the ceremony.
Read the entire article Here.

I am reminded of the movie Shreck when the Donkey was in the back of the wagon continually asking the eternal question "Are we there yet?"

From the onset of this war, President Bush was VERY CLEAR that it would be a long and arduous task, but we would NOT back down, and would stay the course set before us. To quote him directly, "Whether we bring our enemy to justice, or bring justice to our enemy, justice will be served."

But people in general seem to have short term memories, forgetting what they were told a relatively short time ago. So after about a year, we began to hear folks like John Kerry, Howard Dean, Diane Feinstein and company begin their renditions of "Are we there yet?"

Well boys and girls, we are not there yet, but as you can see, we are much closer now than we were three years ago. The "Puppet Government" as some of the lefty blogs call it (BTW, how did we convince all those purple fingered people do vote for our picks?) has now taken command of the military in Iraq, and as time progresses, will have an ever increasing roll in determining missions. Subsequently, our roll will decrease allowing us to focus on the next country that supports terrorism, and has presented itself as a threat to the existence of another Sovereign Nation, who happens to be our strongest ally in the middle east.

This in my opinion is splendid news indeed!