From Reason magazine, long critical of the Iraq War: War is Over, If you Want It. A good point here:
Anti-warriors are sometimes accused of wanting the U.S. to lose in Iraq, just so they can be right. Not so... Besides, lose in Iraq? All the stated goals of this war have been won. Saddam gone, check. WMD threat? No need to speak of it again. Democratically elected government in Iraq? A-yup.
Exactly. Both right and left have had their reasons to deny the fact, but the Iraq war has always been a victory. The post-war will affect Iraq's future, for better or worse, but victory was assured by late 2003.