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22 Nov 2008 08:00 am


The Iraq War is over and we have won. Really.

America has won.

Zombie Time Declares it.

We have won the war even though there is nothing to be found about this fabulous news at MSNBC or ABC News or CBS News or CNN or even Fox News.

Here is the Google news results page if you enter “the war in Iraq is won.”

Not much, huh?

One has to scroll down eight links to a Blogger News Network link which reads Psst…the war is won

Everything else on the google page is essentially anti-military, anti-Bush or pro-Democrat. That’s the way it’s gone since a few months after the War in Iraq began.

But still, after all that, the Iraq war is essentially won.

Abraham Lincoln, our nations’ sixteenth president and one of our very greatest is being pegged by the media as an Obama look-a-like as they play pin the tail on the Democrat donkey just elected.

Lincoln, a president who spent all of his time in office dealing with the tragedy of a divided nation, and the bloody carnage of a Civil War, suffered deep anguish throughout his days in the White House, along with personal family tragedies and so much extreme hatred from so many regions of our country that it eventually led to his assassination.

The medias’ outrageous attempt to cast Barack Obama in the pantheon of Abraham Lincoln is ridiculous.

That Obama’s election is an historic first is true but everything else is for future historians to analyze and write about, not for todays’ reporters to wax poetic. Obama’s only just visited the White House, he hasn’t moved in yet.

The eight years of Bush Derangement Syndrome suffered gladly in some quarters of the media and the Democrat party has caused such deterioration that they are to the point that they would rather deny victory than admit the truth that the Commander in Chief and the troops have won the war.

This has to have taken a toll on President Bush but you’d never know it from his gracious public appearances.

Let’s roll back.


“I hear you, America hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon.” ~ President George W. Bush

Remember him? The man who warned our enemies in the days just after September 11th that they would soon hear from us?

They did hear from us.

And now one theater in the war on terror is wrapped up.

Iraq is won.

Where are the ticker-tape parades Sissy Willis asks? The media which is now consumed in an all out search for a grandious presidential comparison to Barack Obama (who after all hasn’t accomplished anything of note as of yet except being elected president) can’t seem to take time to report this fantastic news.

Could it be that since Iraq is won and the Commander in Chief is still President Bush the media are waiting until Obama takes the oath of office in January before they declare that the war is really and truly won? Will Obama get on Air Force One and plant some pebbles on a beach somewhere in Iraq? The man who did nothing but try to lose that war?

“THE WAR IS OVER AND WE WON:” Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good. “There’s nothing going on. I’m with the 10th Mountain Division, and about half of the guys I’m with haven’t fired their weapons on this tour and they’ve been here eight months. And the place we’re at, South Baghdad, used to be one of the worst places in Iraq. And now there’s nothing going on. I’ve been walking my feet off and haven’t seen anything.”

November 22nd, 2008 will be celebrated in many quarters as Victory in Iraq Day. Our family will be celebrating as we had not one, but two family members who were deployed to Iraq and thankfully, came home safely from the war victorious then and victorious now.

All of our troops, living and dead deserve the credit for this wonderful and very hard work.

The Anchoress wasn’t afraid to say it: President Bush was right.

I will say it again. President Bush was right. He was steadfast. He didn’t quit. He listened to the Generals. He listened to John McCain. He may have even gotten Osama. Some of us suspected it back in 2002.

President Bush honors and continues to honor our troops and our country despite the slings, arrows and missiles aimed at him. Someday history will acknowledge that he was right although I fear that none of us will be around to see it.

But that’s okay. May the blooming of Iraq continue.

All good things take time. One day there will be histories written of the steadfast men and women who left home and hearth for deployments sometimes extended longer than expected but they kept at it, sometimes grumbling but always faithfully doing their duty, and achieving their mission. This generation, many of them the grandchildren of the Greatest Generation may have learned something from their grandparents.

May God Bless these amazing young Americans. May God Bless our Troops. May God continue to Bless and Keep those who are still in harms’ way.

May America Honor All of Them.

Soldiers will always be my heroes.

As we celebrate our victory we must remember those who gave their all in the fight. The following are just a few of the band of brothers and sisters….

Spc. Erich Smallwood

Maj. Andrew Olmsted

Army Spc. Dustin Fisher

Sgt. Buddy James Hughie

Sgt. Michael James Stokely

The Long Gray Line’s Final Roll Call

Here is the Stars and Stripes’ Honoring Valor Site

Here are my fellow bloggers who are today marching in a virtual ticker-tape parade celebrating Iraq Victory Day. Take a trip to see each one.

Gateway Pundit


Little Green Footballs



Because No One Asked

Dog Opus Blog

Oh No, Another Conservative Blog

Who Is John Galt?

Gathering of Eagles (national)

Gathering of Eagles New York

Gathering of Eagles North Carolina

Stop the ACLU

The Surfing Conservative

Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group

The Foxhole

Lighthouse on the Right

Arming Liberty

Uncle Sam Ate My Baby

Down Is Up

Foreign and Domestic

WOT Daily

The Blog of Record

Serr8d’s Cutting Edge

Army Wife: Rants from Ft. Livingroom

Hamilton, Madison, and Jay

Rochester Conservative

The Daily Blogster

I Call BS!

Macker’s World

Something should go here, maybe later

Nice Deb

The Bronze Blog


The Irascible Chef

Sharp Right Turn


Tman In Tennessee

Thunder Pig

Sith by Sithwest



Marooned in Marin

Thoughts Enroute

More Weight


The Jack Knows

Red State Rumblings

High Plains Blogger

Air Force Pundit

Fallback LGF

Liberty for USA

Diary of a Madman

The Rumbler Report

D.C. Thornton

Lock and Load

Fat Angie


Oedipal Beatdown

Conservative Action Network

A Herd of Turtles

Penny’s Potpurri

Sayyad al Wahabiyya

Brain-Surgery With Spoons

American Syndicalist Party


Public Secrets


Toxic Taxation

Berman Post


The Inquisition

Pax Parabellum

CrossFit Camp Pendleton

Freedom Watch

American Truths

Destination OBX

Fearless Dream

Theodore’s World

The Cool Blue Blog

Life With Monkeys

Woody’s Place

Wild Weazel

The Atheist Conservative

King’s Right Site

We are the Grizzwolds



Confederate Yankee

The Jawa Report

Ed Driscoll

Facebook group for Victory in Iraq Day

Barking Moonbat Early Warning System

Exurban League

Noblesse Oblige

Protein Wisdom Pub

Black & Right

Johnson County Republican Party

Winefred’s Well

Still Unbounded

The Liberty Boys

Atlanta ROFTers


This is Scooter Country

The Crescent Moon

From My Position…On the Way!

Letters to a Dying Dream

Blogs for Victory



HXC Christian.com

Conservative Diggs


Erica Marceau

Pirate’s Cove

Let’s Get It Right

Cmblake6’s Weblog

What Bubba Knows



Psycmeister’s Ice Palace!

Stable of Zionist Hore #2

Conservative in Seattle

Karridine Delivers



Zim’s View

I Am, Therefore I Think

Patriot Missive

USS Neverdock

Dan Cirucci

The Conservative Contessa

The Four Rs

Wake up America

The C-Square

Sarge Charlie

Red-Hot Right

Echoes in Eternity

American Infidel


supporting the troops

One Model Place

The Dumber Ox

The Lightning News


2nd Exposure


Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

Comics Pundit

No Clever Pseudonym

Free Frank Warner

The Digital Hairshirt

The Blue Pelican


Nothing But the Facts


Environmental Republican

Irons in the Fire

no blood for sauerkraut!

The Individualizer


Nebulous Continuum

Take Our Country Back

The Conservative Radical

Zion Beckons


Soldiers’ Angels Germany

Paul Ibrahim

jweaks on Squidoo

Marie’s Two Cents

The Other Club

The Anchoress

Beyond the Veil

Michigan Taxes Too Much

Once More Into the Breach

When you finish this parade know this, we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave chiefly because of the sacrifice of our valiant military of the past, the present and the future.

God bless you, the reader.

10 Oct 2007 11:49 pm


The Mayor of Fort Smith, C. Ray Baker, presents our son, Drew with a Welcome Home plaque and the official city flower. The mayor led us all in his motto, “Life’s worth living in Fort Smith.”

It’s really worth living now. To hear our great Mayor (who was also a high school American history teacher) on Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know check out this link and listen to the first hour.


Mayor Baker showed up at our Welcome Home Party for our son, Drew this past Saturday night. We had food, we had flowers, we had music. Lots of really loud music.


My nephews and their friend, Will practiced all of Drew’s favorite songs and performed them at the party.


The spirits were high.

My brother, the Sgt. Major is back in the states. Thanksgiving will be very special this year.

01 Oct 2007 10:30 pm


Daddy’s Home

Friday we left home and traveled east across the state to Jonesboro. Our son’s unit, the 875th Engineer Battalion of the Arkansas National Guard was going to arrive sometime Saturday and we wanted to be prepared for the Welcome Home. As we drove into the pretty city of Jonesboro, home of Arkansas State University, we saw Welcome Home banners everywhere. Every place of business had the signs displayed on their buildings. It really was exhilerating to see so many people out and about getting ready for the return of the 875th.

Our family was so excited. We spent the evening together, making welcome home signs and talking about our excitement. We stayed in the same hotel that we stayed in last year to farewell our son. Something about it this time seemed so much more hopeful. I wasn’t even annoyed with the slow elevator.


When Charlotte does anything it always has her special unique and whimsical touch. She decided to make a Curious George Welcome Home sign because she had one of the bandaids on her finger and it’s one of my grandson’s favorite movies.


My daughter-in-law’s Mom and sisters came up from Louisiana to welcome Drew home.

The 875th had spent their last six days in Camp McCoy, Wisconsin for their demobilization. They flew from Wisconsin Saturday morning in three planes landing in Memphis. One group of the unit returned to Paragould, Arkansas and the other two groups returned to Jonesboro at the Guard Armory which is just across the street from Arkansas State University. Our son called us at the hotel to tell us that he was in the last group in Memphis to return and so we settled in to wait. He called us five minutes later to tell us they were leaving right then. So we excitedly got in the cars to take the trip through town for the 875th’s welcome home. Crowds of people lined the streets. We were wearing the yellow Welcome Home 875th tee shirts we had purchased from the family support group.


There was a big whoop and many cheers when we heard the sirens of the police cars and the fire trucks coming closer. Many of the deployed soldiers from the 875th are police officers, and firemen. One officer is the local district attorney. (he plays a mean fiddle)


My husband was so excited to see the three buses coming that he ran down the street and planted himself right by the entry road where the buses would turn in. He wanted to be the first to see our son.


My grandson was getting tired of waiting for the buses to arrive. For the last year, because he was so young, he believed that his Daddy had gone on a hunt for toys for him. He would receive a toy from his Daddy every week in the mail. One day a couple of months ago, he told his Mom that he had enough toys, he just wanted his Daddy. Some day I am sure he will learn the truth and be very proud of his father.


My daughter-in-law’s mother saw Drew on the second bus. We all rushed toward it.


There he was, looking like General MacArthur.


The hug that lasted a month.


The son didn’t let his father out of his sight.


While Drew went to get his gear my grandson decided to plant his flag. No, it wasn’t a choreographed Clinton moment. It was spontaneous.

The rest of the joyous day our family spent together. We weren’t unique. The families and friends of the 875th were all thrilled to see their loved ones. There was a lot of love in the air in Jonesboro, Arkansas.


We traveled home Sunday past unique Arkansas towns named Possom Grape and Toad Suck. In this changing season the landscape was full of yellow wild flowers. I imagined as we drove past the fields of yellow that the flowers were also celebrating our heroes’ return.

The soldiers of the 875th came home safe except for one. Sgt. Eric Smallwood was remembered in a Memorial Service/blood drive in Jonesboro this weekend. I pray that his sacrifice will not have been in vain and I believe it won’t be. My son reports that the surge is working and as always, the troops are proudly defending our country.

The 875th did a great job while they were in Iraq, locating 1244 IEDs.

“They cleared over 375,000 kilometers of roadway resulting in over 300,000 mission hours being completed to ensure the safety of just thousands of Iraqis and Coalition Forces.”

That’s a great record.

We are so thankful to have our son home safe.

My brother’s still over there but will be returning with his unit sometime in mid October. So, although I am greatly relieved, our family’s not out of the woods yet.

My cousin’s son is in Afghanistan. So the prayers are still going up until all of our sons and daughters return in victory.