This is Nouri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister of Iraq, writing in the WaPo:
Today, on the 10th anniversary of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the debate about whether it was worth it to topple the regime and the direction of the U.S.-Iraqi relationship is influenced by a pessimistic view that the United States has lost Iraq. Not true. Despite all the problems of the past decade, the overwhelming majority of Iraqis agree that we’re better off today than under Hussein’s brutal dictatorship.
Iraqis will remain grateful for the U.S. role and for the losses sustained by military and civilian personnel that contributed in ending Hussein’s rule. These losses pale by comparison, of course, to those sustained by the Iraqi people. Our government emerges from this experience determined to ensure that these sacrifices contribute to a future of freedom and prosperity for our country …
Iraq is not a protectorate of the United States; it is a sovereign partner. Partners do not always agree, but they consider and respect each other’s views. In that spirit, we ask the United States to consider Iraq’s views on challenging issues, especially those of regional importance …
The United States has not “lost” Iraq. Instead, in Iraq, the United States has found a partner for our shared strategic concerns and our common efforts on energy, economics and the promotion of peace and democracy.
As they say, read the whole thing.
It is indeed perplexing why the Michael Moore’s of this world–the liberals, leftists, and the current counter-revolutionary clique controlling the White House–of all people, would have been against the Iraq War. The war was in support of everything they purport to stand for–freedom, democracy, self-determination, etc. The only conclusion one can really draw from their continued hostility to the war is that in truth they are–despite all rhetoric to the contrary–enamored with the idea of dictatorship, but just want to be the ones calling the shots, and doing the shooting.