We Report You Decide As only the Wall Street Journal Editorial page can spin it...... Victory in Iraq American arms created a republic, if Iraqis can keep it. Points Bush defied Congress and the recommendations of his own Iraq Study Group in favor of the 2007 surge, which history will likely recall as Mr. Bush's finest hour. This admirable American effort has now given Iraqis the opportunity to govern themselves democratically. provide incentive for Washington and Baghdad to negotiate a more permanent U.S. military presence, both as a balancing force within the country and especially as a hedge against Iran. Having sacrificed so much for Iraq's freedom, the U.S. should attempt to reap the shared strategic benefits of a longer-term alliance, as we did after World War II with Japan and Germany. Somewhere down the road, we trust that August 18, 2010 will be remembered as Victory in Iraq day.