What we have done for Iraq

As I head off to Baghdad for the final weeks of my stay in
Iraq, I
wanted to say thanks to all of you who did not believe the
media. They
have done a very poor job of covering everything that has
happened. I am
sorry that I have not been able to visit all of you during my
two week
leave back home. And just so you can rest at night knowing
something is
happening in Iraq that is noteworthy, I thought I would pass
this on to
you. This is the list of things that has happened in Iraq
(Please share it with your friends and compare it to the
version that
your paper is producing.)
* Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.
* School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.
* Over 1,500 schools have been renovated and rid of the
weapons stored
there so education can occur.
* The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off-
loaded from
ships faster.
* The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in
* Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the
first time
ever in Iraq.
* The country now receives 2 times the electrical power it
did before
the war.
* 100% of the hospitals are open and fully staffed, compared
to 35%
before the war.
* Elections are taking place in every major city, and city
councils are
in place.
* Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city.
* Over 60,000 police are patrolling the streets.
* Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the
* Over 80,000 Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side
by side
with US soldiers.
* Over 400,000 people have telephones for the first time
* Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing
techniques to
prevent the spread of germs.
* An interim constitution has been signed.
* Girls are allowed to attend school.
* Textbooks that don’t mention Saddam are in the schools for
the first
time in 30 years.
Don’t believe for one second that these people do not want us
there. I
have met many, many people from Iraq that want us there, and
in a bad
way. They say they will never see the freedoms we talk about
but they
hope their children will. We are doing a good job in Iraq and
challenge anyone, anywhere to dispute me on these facts. If
you are like
me and very disgusted with how this period of rebuilding has
portrayed, email this to a friend and let them know there are
things happening.
Ray Reynolds, SFC Iowa Army National Guard
234th Signal Battalion


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