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1 posted on 09/18/2003 10:53:56 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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"If you compare the progress in Iraq to what happened in Germany after World War II, "

You might also consider that Germany was conquered then completely occupied by US, France, England, and Russia. Iraq was liberated but there is still a guerilla war going on. Germany is not a model for Iraq expectations.

2 posted on 09/18/2003 11:10:29 AM PDT by ex-snook (Americans needs PROTECTIONISM - military and economic.)
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While the progress in Iraq is to be commended, comparing them to Germany is akin to comparing apples to oranges.

Germany's infrastucture and economy was pretty much obliterated during the war.

Germany's exports were mostly manufactured goods and the factories were destroyed. It took a long time to rebuild and retool from a war-making industry to regular industry.

Iraq exports oil and the wells, refineries and pipelines have pretty much been left intact.

3 posted on 09/18/2003 11:14:11 AM PDT by FReepaholic (www.september-11-videos.com Never Forget.)
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What people purposely forget is that the war in Iraq is not yet over because this stage of the war on TERROR is not yet over. Only PITCHED MILITARY ACTION is over.

As for Iraq's infrastructure, it had almost none before the coalition invasion. Iraq's infrastructure was a WRECK when the coalition rolled through.

It is a MYTH that Saddam kept the trains running on time. In fact, it's a myth that Iraqis in general are "well educated". The Iraqi education system, such as it was, was nothing more than his combination of the Hitler/Stalin indoctrination system. The GOOD educations were reserved for Ba'athist thugs and Arab foreigners. Even at that, the only way up through the Ba'athist ranks wasn't intelligence or education : it was how good a little comrade you were.

We're doing fine in Iraq. We are definitely on schedule, rebuilding and in many cases building from scratch, in good time and in good order.

6 posted on 09/18/2003 11:33:55 AM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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12 posted on 09/18/2003 12:14:15 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To get a new German currency, three years. In Iraq, two and a half months.

Heck, Registered had that taken care of before the war:


15 posted on 09/18/2003 1:08:57 PM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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The Demonocrats have been running so far left that they won’t be able to get a hold of the center during the real campaign. I am hoping too that they are doing this in fear of Nader returning.

Come November of 04 we could see a 55-45 Senate, more House seat pickups and a new mandate for the administration.

Teddy Kennedy, the Old Fat Bastard and beached whale, made me happy if for no other reason that his noise to me idicates a political party in trouble.

28 posted on 09/19/2003 7:54:27 AM PDT by Helms ("Nietzsche's critique of ressentiment - the "self-poisoned mind" - fits Islam like a glove")
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