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Lobo_rip2_max50

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Did you know?

I didn't know!
How could we?




Did you know that 47 countries' have
reestablished their embassies in Iraq ?




Did you know that the Iraqi government
currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?




Did you know
that 3100 schools have been renovated,
364 schools are under rehabilitation,
263 new schools are now under construction;
and 38 new schools have been completed in Iraq ?




Did you know
that Iraq 's higher educational structure consists
of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers,
all currently operating?




Did you know
that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in
January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program?




Did you know
that the Iraqi Navy is operational?
They have 5 - 100-foot patrol craft,
34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.




Did you know
that Iraq ' s Air Force consists of three operational squadrons,
Which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft
(under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night,
and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers?





Did you know
that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?





Did you know
that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000
fully trained and equipped police officers?



Did you know
that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq
that produce over 3500 new officers every 8 weeks?




Did you know
there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq ?
They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals,
83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities
and 69 electrical facilities.




Did you know
that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5
have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?




Did you know
that 43 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?




Did you know
that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq
and phone use has gone up 158%?




Did you know
that Iraq has an independent media that consists of
75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?





Did you know
that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?





Did you know
that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a
televised debate recently?





OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW!





WHY DIDN'T WE KNOW?





BECAUSE OUR MEDIA WON'T TELL US!




Instead of reflecting our love for our country,
we get photos of flag burning incidents at Abu Ghraib
and people throwing snowballs at the presidential motorcades.


Tragically, the lack of accentuating the positive
in Iraq serves two purposes:

It is intended to undermine the world's perception
of the United States thus minimizing consequent support;
and it is intended to discourage American citizens. Your Thoughts?

Glock_tiger_17_max50

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This is mostly true. Screw CNN and FOX news.


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Excellent post....thanks for sharing. It gripes my ass that all we ever see on the news about the war is the bad. Our men and women over there fighting are doing a whole lot of good that the world will never hear about.....unless we spread the word.

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Most people have no clue how good things are in Iraq because the liberal media doesn't report that.


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I also know that it is being done with billions in American tax dollars. I saw the US tax dollar at work while I was there. We need to improve our schools with our tax dollars not theirs.


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Obstacles are what we see when we take our eyes off the goal.

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KSP494 said:

I also know that it is being done with billions in American tax dollars. I saw the US tax dollar at work while I was there. We need to improve our schools with our tax dollars not theirs.

This is also true. However, if we can educate THEM, then maybe they won't come back to haunt US anymore... Just my opinion.

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Flipper_831 said:


KSP494 said:


I also know that it is being done with billions in American tax dollars. I saw the US tax dollar at work while I was there. We need to improve our schools with our tax dollars not theirs.


This is also true. However, if we can educate THEM, then maybe they won't come back to haunt US anymore... Just my opinion.


I only HOPE this is true. But just in case, because I really don't trust "hadji", we really need to keep up on National Defense spending and upgrading equipment across the board to include newer, lighter and stronger body armor for the ground pounders.

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I couldn't agree more. The "body armor" I recieved before my last deployment was about 15 yrs. old. Half of the equipment we get is completely outdated.

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I am sick and tired of hearing the Liberals drag out Abu Ghraib and villify the US Military over it. Why don't they make as much fuss over the terrorists who behead captured US Soldiers, or who set off bombs that kill dozens of innocent Iraqi civilians. Our Liberal media is quick to give credence to the BS broadcast on Al Jazeera, but will not broadcast anything that shines a positive light on our military or ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING that give President Bush any positive exposure.

The Ted we have forgotten?


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Lobo_rip2_max50

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Retleo said:

I am sick and tired of hearing the Liberals drag out Abu Ghraib and villify the US Military over it. Why don't they make as much fuss over the terrorists who behead captured US Soldiers, or who set off bombs that kill dozens of innocent Iraqi civilians. Our Liberal media is quick to give credence to the BS broadcast on Al Jazeera, but will not broadcast anything that shines a positive light on our military or ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING that give President Bush any positive exposure.

The Ted we have forgotten?

Thanks for the quote. Well said.

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Flipper_831 said:


KSP494 said:


I also know that it is being done with billions in American tax dollars. I saw the US tax dollar at work while I was there. We need to improve our schools with our tax dollars not theirs.


This is also true. However, if we can educate THEM, then maybe they won't come back to haunt US anymore... Just my opinion.


Maybe if they are educated too much, they may come back and bite harder. Knowledge can be dangerous in the wrong hands.imo.


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As someone who's BTDT, did you know that we blow 12 billion $$ every month in Iraq? Yet , here in the US, over 80 thousand workers were laid off or fired in the month of March? We need that $$ here! The only reason this "surge' is working to a certain extent is due to the most powerful militia in Iraq agreeing to call a cease fire against us. What happens when they decide to call off the cease fire & resume hostilities against US troops?

Did you know that hundreds if not thousands of Iraqi insurgents have infiltrated & joined both the Iraqi army & police. Everyday, hundreds of Iraqi soldiers & police abandone thier posts due to extremely low pay & not being paid for months.

Did you know that the president of Iran recently recieved the red carpet treatment from the govt of Iraq & flew in , in broad daylight & announced , while our leaders have to fly in covertly , under cover of night & only stay for a few hrs.

Sorry, but when I watch the news & see another Marine or soldier KIA & hear these civilian maggots who never served & don't have a loved one serving in harm's way preaching that we have to stay the course, it pisses me off! If that's how some of you feel, then I suggest you march your butts over to the Marine/Army recruiting office's & come on over to the sandbox. I guarantee you won't feel so giddy & supportive of this war when you've spent 15-12-7 months away from your loved ones & watched some of your buddies blown to pieces by an IED or shot by a sniper. Our military is stretched thin & the solution by our great leaders is to continually keep sending out burnt out Marines/soldiers on multiple tours over & over! I know some PFC's that have more medals/ribbons than ol Chesty himself! Did you know that in a recent poll taken last month, only 23% of the US correctly knew how many US troops had been KIA in Iraq since 03? Civs that have never served or have loved ones serving in harms way, could give a crap what's going on in Iraq/Afghanistan & that's a fact! While only 1% of this country serves in the armed forces, the rest of America is busy going to the mall.

Sorry to vent, but as an Iraq/Afghanistan Marine vet, I get pissed when someone who hasn't BTDT, wants to paint a rosy pic of the situation on the ground In Iraq.

Semper Fi

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Flipper_831 said:

I couldn't agree more. The "body armor" I recieved before my last deployment was about 15 yrs. old. Half of the equipment we get is completely outdated.

In my Guard unit, we are issued IBA's. I'm not sure if it's the best armor out there but it's better than nothing I suppose.

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I have a couple of deployments to Iraq under my belt, and I gotta tell ya I'm disappointed in those Americans[Liberals mostly] who don't support us [Im sure it's not anyone from this site]. My brothers and sisters who serve in harms don't ask anyone for anything except for the support of the American People. While I'm at it I'd like to thank "ALL OF THE LEO'S" on this site for your unwavering support of our troops, even though it is you who are the real hero's. You all fight the good fight everyday of your lives here at home, and if no one else ever tells you - let me be the one who does: "Thank you for all that you do"! Semper Fi!


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I've been over there as well, that is why most of you will see alot of my posts are me pissed off and the damn communist hippies, they should all be shot and berkley and San Francisco CA should be black spots on the map, and not a part of the US at all!


Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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thanos0341 said:

As someone who's BTDT, did you know that we blow 12 billion $$ every month in Iraq? Yet , here in the US, over 80 thousand workers were laid off or fired in the month of March? We need that $$ here! The only reason this "surge' is working to a certain extent is due to the most powerful militia in Iraq agreeing to call a cease fire against us. What happens when they decide to call off the cease fire & resume hostilities against US troops?

Did you know that hundreds if not thousands of Iraqi insurgents have infiltrated & joined both the Iraqi army & police. Everyday, hundreds of Iraqi soldiers & police abandone thier posts due to extremely low pay & not being paid for months.

Did you know that the president of Iran recently recieved the red carpet treatment from the govt of Iraq & flew in , in broad daylight & announced , while our leaders have to fly in covertly , under cover of night & only stay for a few hrs.

Sorry, but when I watch the news & see another Marine or soldier KIA & hear these civilian maggots who never served & don't have a loved one serving in harm's way preaching that we have to stay the course, it pisses me off! If that's how some of you feel, then I suggest you march your butts over to the Marine/Army recruiting office's & come on over to the sandbox. I guarantee you won't feel so giddy & supportive of this war when you've spent 15-12-7 months away from your loved ones & watched some of your buddies blown to pieces by an IED or shot by a sniper. Our military is stretched thin & the solution by our great leaders is to continually keep sending out burnt out Marines/soldiers on multiple tours over & over! I know some PFC's that have more medals/ribbons than ol Chesty himself! Did you know that in a recent poll taken last month, only 23% of the US correctly knew how many US troops had been KIA in Iraq since 03? Civs that have never served or have loved ones serving in harms way, could give a crap what's going on in Iraq/Afghanistan & that's a fact! While only 1% of this country serves in the armed forces, the rest of America is busy going to the mall.

Sorry to vent, but as an Iraq/Afghanistan Marine vet, I get pissed when someone who hasn't BTDT, wants to paint a rosy pic of the situation on the ground In Iraq.

Semper Fi

thanos0341, I started the thread so I hope this wasn't aimed at me. If so I want to inform you that I have done my time in the sandbox. I have seen the BS we deal with daily there. I have as you say, BTDT. We are all capable of having our own opinions so you've displayed yours. I displayed mine. I believe that we HAVE to be there. There is no way out. Personally, I'd rather get shipped over to fight on their ground than to fight on ours where I have to worry about my family as well. That's just my .02 cents.

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I agree with Flipper_831, we gotta stay the course and finish what we started. We are the United States Armed Forces, we don't quit, and we never close! We take the fight to the enemy, we don't leave an entire country hanging, whether we like them or not. Personally I don't care who is calling the shot's, or for what reason they are calling them. All I know is that my Command-In-Chief told me to go somewhere, and do something - I am damn well going to keep on doing it until it kills me, or until we get the job done right. By the the way BTDTx2 - Semper Fi!


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Very well said Doc!