"The big winners in this story are, of course, the U.S. military, the Bush administration and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
President Bush stayed the course under withering worldwide criticism and vicious ideological attacks back home. He proved he is a disciplined leader who does what he says he will do. And whether or not you agree with his policies, the President and Tony Blair have rid the world of an evil dictator.
Not since World War II has the American military enjoyed such enormous prestige. The image of U.S. soldiers in through the roof. Expect enlistments to rise, but much more importantly, respect for the men and women who defend us will also rise.
The major losers, of course, are Saddam and his sons, who at this very moment may be enjoying their new home in hell. Also losing big are Vladimir Putin, Jacques Chirac, and Gerhard Schroeder--the Saddam enablers. The world will not forget the actions of these men.
Back in the USA, the hysterical Hollywood celebrities who voiced strident protest, obviously, have lost much credibility. And so have The New York Times, The L.A. Times, and other newspapers who wrongly predicted doom. On March 17, The New York Times editorialized, "Washington would be wise to drop the talk of eminent hostilities and come up with a resolution that leads to disarmament and consensus. The current path is reckless." Serious Americans will remember how this war was covered by the press, both print and TV. "
That's just some of 'em.
The Iraqi people - big winners
Aznar, Howard, Berlusconi, Poland, Czech Republic, etc. - winners
the Pope - was neutral til he said it'd cause a holy war.. now he's on the loser category
United Nations - big losers
anti-war folks - big losers
Part 2 of this to come later