When America launched "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in 2003, there was an explicit promise made to Iraqis that they would in fact one day be free. Free from tyranny, yes, but also free to shape our national destiny. Back then, no one knew exactly when and how this would be achieved. But with Obama's decision, we now know when. Some thought it could take a thousand years. It has in fact taken nearly six years for freedom to be tantalizingly near.