The following email is circulating between war-supporters in an apparent attempt to refute the claims that the Iraqi occupation has become a quagmire. I thought that I would respond to each point made. My responses are the non-italic text.
Subject: Iraq a Success
This is for those who are discouraged at the constant bombardment of negative news about Iraq from the liberal, anti-Bush media, and also for those who just want to be critical for other reasons.
SINCE PRESIDENT BUSH DECLARED AN END TO MAJOR COMBAT ON MAY 1: [319 US troops have died]
– the first battalion of the new Iraqi Army has graduated and is on active duty.
The Daily Telegraph reports:
” About 300 of the 700 members in the first new Iraqi army battalion set up by the US-led coalition have resigned, a coalition official said today. ”
– over 60,000 Iraqis now provide security to their fellow citizens.
Um, what security?
– nearly all of Iraq’s 400 courts are functioning.
Functioning as well as….? I assume this is a US gov’t “fact.”
–the Iraqi judiciary is fully independent.
Ahhh, as independent as the American appointed Iraqi Council?
–on Monday, October 6 power generation hit 4,518 megawatts-exceeding
the pre-war average.
I thought we went to Iraq to “rid the world of Saddam and his WMD” not “bring power back to prewar levels.” Moreover, is this really an accomplishment when we remember that it was American bombs that created the lower power output? But I digress.
–all 22 universities and 43 technical institutes and colleges are open, as are nearly all primary and secondary schools.
See above point. Simply, this is the way is was supposed to be, it is not an accomplishment per se. It is kind of like saying: “My local fire department put out a fire.” Yeah, so what?
– by October 1, Coalition forces had rehabbed over 1,500 schools – 500 more than their target.
Hmmm, why did they need rehab? Also, since when was US taxpayer money supposed to be used for foreign schools? I recommend you visit your nearest local inner city school to understand where gov’t money is truly needed.
– teachers earn from 12 to 25 times their former salaries.
So what? It is probably inflation.
–all 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are open.
They better be.
–doctor’s salaries are at least eight times what they were under
High demand = high wage. Basic economics.
–95 percent of all pre-war bank customers have service and first-time customers are opening accounts daily.
Wait, the US military is spending my tax-money gathering these type of statistics? Just for that, I think I will disregard this point. And here’s some real economic freedom. Continue reading “Success in Iraq?”