No, Obama did not declare the Iraq War a success. He said the sum of what the troops did in Iraq was historic and "a moment of success" ....not that the entire Iraq War or the surge was a success....
Originally Posted by Jack Hays
From Guardian article...
"We knew this day would come. We've known it for some time. But still there is something profound about the end of a war that has lasted so long," said Obama. "It's harder to end a war than begin one. Everything that American troops have done in Iraq - all the fighting, all the dying, the bleeding and the building and the training and the partnering, all of it has landed to this moment of success
Obama's studiously avoided declaring victory or the hubris of his predecessor, George Bush
, who paraded under a banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished" just as the worst of the killing in Iraq was about to begin. But the president said that the US has left Iraq better than it found it.
"Iraq's not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we're leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. We're building a new partnership between our nations and we are ending a war not with a final battle but with a final march toward home. This is an extraordinary achievement," he said..."