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The truth about Iraq or what the media is hiding
http://www.brookesnews.com ^ | Monday 15 December 2003 | By a Colonel in the US Army

Posted on 12/15/2003 7:22:08 PM PST by luv2ndamend

By a Colonel in the US Army

Folks, here are just a few of the things that have been happening in Iraq. I have several long time friends, both Army Colonels, who between the two of them (one supports the troops the other supports Mr. Bremer, the CPA) know what is going on. They are the only folks other than the USAID (State Department) that can do any contracting in Iraq. The Officer who will be responsible for the $18Billion just voted for is a very good long-time friend. I have visited with both of them recently. Forget most of what you have read in the papers:

...the first battalion of the new Iraqi Army has graduated and is on active duty.

...over 60 000 Iraqis now provide security to their fellow citizens.

...nearly all of Iraq's 400 courts are functioning.

...the Iraqi judiciary is fully independent.

...on Monday, October 6 power generation hit 4,518 megawatts — exceeding the pre-war average

...all 22 universities and 43 technical institutes and colleges are open, as are nearly all primary and secondary schools.

...by October 1, Coalition forces had rehabbed over 1,500 schools — 500 more than their target.

...teachers earn from 12 to 25 times their former salaries.

...all 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are open.

...doctors' salaries are at least eight times what they were under Saddam.

... pharmaceutical distribution has gone from essentially nothing, to 700 tons in May, and to a current total of 12,000 tons.

...the Coalition has helped administer over 22 million vaccination doses to Iraq's children.

...a Coalition program has cleared over 14,000 kilometers of Iraq's 27,000 kilometers of weed-choked canals. They now irrigate tens of thousands of farms. This project has created jobs for more than 100,000 Iraqi men and women.

...we have restored over three-quarters of pre-war telephone services and over two-thirds of the potable water production.

...the wheels of commerce are turning. From bicycles to satellite dishes to cars and trucks, businesses are coming to life in all major cities and towns.

...95 percent of all pre-war bank customers have service and first-time customers are opening accounts daily.

...Iraqi banks are making loans to finance businesses.

...the central bank is fully independent.

... Iraq has one of the world's most growth-oriented investment and banking laws.

... Iraq has a single, unified currency for the first time in 15 years.

...satellite dishes are legal and one can buy them on what seems like every corner.

...foreign journalists aren't on 10-day visas paying mandatory and extortionate fees to the Ministry of Information for "minders" and other government spies.

... there is no Ministry of Information.

...there are more than 170 newspapers, printing what they choose to print.

...a nation that had not one single elementof a representative government — legislative, judicial or executive — does.

...in Baghdad alone residents have selected 88 advisory councils. Baghdad's first democratic transfer of power in 35 years happened when the city council elected its new chairman.

...in Iraq chambers of commerce, business, school and professional organizations are electing their leaders all over the country.

...25 ministers, selected by the most representative governing body in Iraq's history, run the day-to-day business of government.

...the Iraqi government regularly participates in international events. Since July the Iraqi government has been represented in over two dozen international meetings, including those of the UN General Assembly, the Arab League, the World Bank and IMF and, today, the Islamic Conference Summit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today announced that it is reopening over 30 Iraqi embassies around the world.

...Shia religious festivals that were all but banned, aren't.

... for the first time in 35 years, in Karbala, thousands of Shiites celebrate the pilgrimage of the 12th Imam.

...the Coalition has completed over 13,000 reconstruction projects, large and small as part of a strategic plan for the reconstruction of Iraq.

Uday and Qusay are dead and no longer feeding innocent Iraqis to zoo lions, raping the young daughters of local leaders to force cooperation, torturing Iraq's soccer players for losing games, or murdering critics.

...children aren't imprisoned or murdered when their parents disagree with the government.

...political opponents aren't imprisoned, tortured, executed, maimed, or forced to watch their families die for disagreeing with Saddam.

...millions of long-suffering Iraqis no longer live in perpetual terror.

...Saudis will hold municipal elections.

...Qatar is reforming education to give more choices to parents.

... Jordan is accelerating market economic reforms.

...the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for the first time to an Iranian — a Muslim woman who speaks out with courage for human rights, for democracy, and for peace.

Folks, you Army is doing one hell of a job, and I for one am sick and tired of all the BS saying how badly it is being managed. And my dear friends, Mark Neuman and Tony Bell have more integrity in their little fingers than every single newspaper or politician who says otherwise. The only politicians who speak truth are the few (from both parties) who have actually been there. Ask yourselves why only Fox covers any of this?

I had to get that off my chest. I just am getting frosted over the lies. With all due respect, I'll never vote for anyone who lies about this stuff. They are impugning the integrity of men I know, and trust with my life.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
OutSTANDING Tonk!!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! I would like to talk with ANY Freepers interested in organizing a boycott of the mainstream networks and letter writing campaign to their biggest advertisers announcing same...Freepmail me, PuhLEASE!!!
21 posted on 12/15/2003 9:14:29 PM PST by sleavelessinseattle (Militant Islam is a political movement NOT a religious one...What does it take to wake up the media?)
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To: luv2ndamend
I'm acquainted with Tony Bell. He's not exactly Mr. Fun and he works an obscene ammount of hours. He's a very good guy to have handling money.
22 posted on 12/15/2003 9:29:46 PM PST by nerdwithamachinegun (All generalizations are wrong.)
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To: luv2ndamend; MinuteGal
Here's independent confirmation which I just discovered

Iraq: Moving Forward Despite Violence

23 posted on 12/15/2003 10:12:46 PM PST by liberallarry
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To: liberallarry
Thanks for your reply. I am just curious, how long did the terrorism go on for when we were in Germany?

How long has it been since we ended the war in Iraq?

It is true that problems do pop up. However, the amount of good that is happening is not being reported. I do not care what media outlet post the good news with the bad as long as the truth on all sides is told.

I find it so revolting from any press to push what side of the story they want and give it there own take on the news.

That is another reason I come here, To find BOTH sides of the story.This article comes form our friends down-under. Thats pretty sad that someone has to search the web for all of the news that goes with the story.

Have a great day!

24 posted on 12/15/2003 10:29:13 PM PST by luv2ndamend
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Grampa Dave; farmfriend; Ragtime Cowgirl; luv2ndamend
Thanks for the ping to another great note from IRAQ!
25 posted on 12/15/2003 11:39:23 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Davis is now out of Arnoold's Office , Bout Time!!!!)
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To: luv2ndamend
Thanks for your reply. I am just curious, how long did the terrorism go on for when we were in Germany?

I have seen many threads here that state it was several years before the Hitler followers stopped their resistance.

26 posted on 12/15/2003 11:41:35 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Davis is now out of Arnoold's Office , Bout Time!!!!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; luv2ndamend
Thank you!
27 posted on 12/16/2003 12:18:20 AM PST by Fawnn (Official Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and CookingWithPam.com person)
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To: luv2ndamend
Amazing! Simply Amazing!

Foghorn Leghorn: "Theah is a whole lotta good news out theah! But nobody talking 'bout it!"

Well, we are on FRee Republic!

Good post. Keepem coming!
28 posted on 12/16/2003 5:51:47 AM PST by Taxman
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To: dixie sass
Pingy pingy!
29 posted on 12/16/2003 5:52:23 AM PST by Taxman
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To: luv2ndamend
It took us at least two years in Germany and conditions were much more favorable; they were utterly defeated and surrounded by enemies who hated them.

Don't despair about the traditional mainstream media. The Internet has broken their monopoly. More and more people are turning to sites like this one where they can find alternate views supported by different facts.

Also, human beings are different. Some are optimists, some pessimists, some will see the bright side, others only misery and failure. A free press will always reflect the different outlooks. You can already observe that in the quotes from the Iraqi newspapers (in the article from Memri which I posted). Isn't it wonderful? ( no sarcasm :) )

30 posted on 12/16/2003 6:55:50 AM PST by liberallarry
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To: liberallarry
Thanks for your input!
31 posted on 12/16/2003 7:04:44 AM PST by luv2ndamend
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
The truth about Iraq — or what the media is hiding ~ Bump!
32 posted on 12/16/2003 7:25:15 AM PST by blackie
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To: luv2ndamend; Ragtime Cowgirl
RC, is this another incarnation of your Famous List? :)
33 posted on 12/16/2003 7:27:51 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Your joy is your sorrow unmasked." --- GIBRAN)
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To: liberallarry
The media was behind the war effort 100%, until the Democratic election campaign forced them to put a wet blanket on our success stories in Iraq in order that they may give the left a fighting chance to win the White House. My friend, I can assure you the Democrats have as much chance as a snow ball in hell to get even one state this coming election.

I would not get exited over their partiality. It is an American tradition to give both sides of the argument, the left, and the right. The right will sweep all the states, as well as capturing as much as four more Senate seats.

34 posted on 12/16/2003 7:39:33 AM PST by philosofy123
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To: Pan_Yans Wife; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; luv2ndamend; NonValueAdded; Alamo-Girl
Thanks, PYW. I'm glad the list* is getting around and others are speaking out.

*We have the list covered at FR.....my original, 10/19 , as an e-mail from the troops: here, and picked up by Frontpagemag.com here on 12/3, then another e-mail here, and here, and now here.

35 posted on 12/16/2003 7:46:35 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: luv2ndamend
BTTT !!


36 posted on 12/16/2003 7:49:35 AM PST by Air Assault (Got Jesus?)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
37 posted on 12/16/2003 8:16:29 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Thanks Tonk,
I will email this to other service members and family as soon as I can.
38 posted on 12/16/2003 8:17:40 AM PST by M1Tanker (Modern "progressive" liberalism is just NAZIism without the "twisted cross")
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To: liberallarry
LOL!

It is not whether your glass is half empty (pessimist) or half full (optimist).

Rather, it is what is in the glass!
39 posted on 12/16/2003 8:34:10 AM PST by Taxman
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To: luv2ndamend
...nearly all of Iraq's 400 courts are functioning

Lets get Sadddam in one.

40 posted on 12/16/2003 8:35:06 AM PST by oyez (Scratch one mad dog.)
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