Good news from Iraq -- last two weeks in June

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by Karl K, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. Karl K

    Karl K Member

    Oct 25, 1999
    Suburban Chicago
    See:

    http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110006875

    Select snippets:

    Constitution Drafting

    The EU is helping out in a variety of areas
    The Economy
    Reconstruction
    Anti-insurgency efforts
    Civilians helping with the security situation.
     
  2. verybdog

    verybdog New Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    Houyhnhnms
    It's all good until it's not.
     
  3. vivzig

    vivzig New Member

    Oct 4, 2004
    The OC
    And ya'll complain about mel's long posts... :rolleyes:
     
  4. Karl K

    Karl K Member

    Oct 25, 1999
    Suburban Chicago
    But for some around here, it's ALWAYS and THOROUGHLY bad.
     
  5. Revolt

    Revolt Member+

    Jun 16, 1999
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    Excellent, now we've got good and bad news threads.
     
  6. speedcake

    speedcake Member

    Dec 2, 1999
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    Karl is incapable of starting one good news thread and continuing with that one thread with new updates. So we have lots of all kinds of threads in this forum.
     
  7. Dan Loney

    Dan Loney BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 10, 2000
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    Iraq plans to hold international tenders by the end of this year to replace the country's three expiring cell phone licenses, Reuters reported. The government will hold a conference in London with Arab and global telecoms companies in July to gather opinion on setting the terms and duration of the new licenses, which will replace three licenses issued by the US-led occupation authority in 2003.

    Operation Give a Crap is reporting heavy casualties. Retreating to Base Camp No One Cares About Iraq's ********ing Cell Phones, Dipshit.

    The government plans to call on international companies to develop 11 oil fields in the south to increase oil production to 3 million barrels a day, said the manager of oil fields development at the Oil Ministry. At the end of this year, the Oil Ministry is expected to sign contracts with the international companies to develop the southern fields. Among the fields the ministry is trying to develop are the Majnoon field, which has reserves of 12 to 30 billion barrels, and the West Qurna field, which has reserves of 11 to 15 billion barrels.

    There's oil in Iraq?

    Goodness, we struck lucky there, didn't we?
     
  8. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
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    IRAQ ARMY ACTIVATES NEW 5TH BRIGADE

    BAGHDAD [MENL] -- The Iraq Army has activated the 5th Brigade of its 6th Division as part of an effort to increase military control around Baghdad.

    Officials said the brigade was activated during a ceremony at Muthana Airfield on June 29 following an eight-week training course. The course included instruction in tactical and strategic training to enable cadets to defend against enemy threats.

    "If the U.S. forces keep helping us in our training, we will control the Iraqi streets and we'll protect the citizens from the explosions the terrorists make against the Iraqis," Iraq Army Col. Mohamed Hashim Al Musawy said.

    Officials said the newest Iraqi Army brigade would be responsible for defending the Green Zone and surrounding areas in Baghdad. They said the 5th Brigade was composed of more than 2,500 Iraqi soldiers.
     
  9. Magpie Maniac

    Magpie Maniac Member

    Dec 28, 2001
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    Karl K, you don't happen to be Ari Fleischer in disguise, do you? 'Cause I've been wondering what you've been up sent you retired as White House press secretary.
     
  10. vivzig

    vivzig New Member

    Oct 4, 2004
    The OC
    Not much of a disguise.
     
  11. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
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    IRAQ: The Slow Motion War That Does Not Get Reported

    July 12, 2005: A leaked government document in Britain indicates that American military planners believe they could cut U.S. forces in Iraq by about 40 percent next year. Plans like this have been made before, only to be cancelled when it became clear that Iraqi security forces were not able to handle the Sunni Arab rebels and al Qaeda terrorists. But this time around, the Iraqi security forces are performing with noticeable effect. Terrorist attacks are down, and an increasing number of Sunni Arab towns are free of political and criminal gangs.

    The Sunni Arab and al Qaeda gangs continue to attack, however. There are hundreds of these gangs, often containing fewer than a dozen men. The gang (or "cell" in milspeak) members are often related to each other, or are neighborhood friends. Many of these gangs easily switch between criminal and terrorist operations. The lawless attitude that supports this sort of thing is another result of decades of Saddam's rule, which was notable for its corruption, lawlessness and use of terrorism to control the population. That's all the Sunni Arabs know, and they want to remain the terrorists, not the terrorized.

    The gangs continue to make attacks on police stations and army bases. These cause casualties, but with a security force of over 200,000 personnel, the attacks, while they make spectacular headlines, are not frequent enough to have much overall impact. The security personnel can do the math, and know their chances of getting hurt are low. For the gangsters and terrorists, the risk of death or injury is several times higher, but not suicidal (unless you are a suicide bomber, nearly all of whom are foreigners). The biggest danger to the terrorists and gangsters is the presence of police in their neighborhoods, or, literally, on the street where they live. Week by week, this is happening in more neighborhoods where gangsters and terrorists live. It's a slow motion battle that does not make headlines, but does determine when, and how, the "Battle for Iraq" is fought and won.
     
  12. Jacques Strappe

    Mar 24, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
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    :eek:
    So, the whole country of Iraq is not on fire? The population of the country is not made up entirely of anti- American terrorists? There are Iraqis who embrace freedom and Democracy and want to see their country rid of Iraqi criminals/ terrorists who kill and terrorize other Iraqis? Suicide bombers are foreign to Iraq?

    Wow I never knew any of this was going on. :eek: From all of the other posters on these boards, you would think that there has been no progress made in Iraq. I guess it's not a very sexy story when there are positive things to report. Choke on it, negative self-hating ba$tard$.
     
  13. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

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    Indicators of Progress in Iraq

    · There are more than 997,000 telephone landline subscribers—up 20% from a pre-war level of 833,000. There are more than 2,600,000 cell phone subscribers—none existed prior to Mar 03.

    · There are over 168,000 internet subscribers. The estimated pre-war level is 4,500 subscribers.

    · More than 149,000 Iraqis are currently being employed by USG projects.

    · The Iraqi Stock Exchange opened in June 2004. It currently lists 89 companies (up from 40-50 under Saddam) with a total market capitalization of $1.4 billion. Between $2-6 million in shares are traded daily.

    · In Oct 2004, 4.3 million children were enrolled in primary school—up from 3.6 million in 2000.

    · Since Mar 2003, over 5 million Iraqi children aged 6-12, over 3 million children under 5, and over 700,000 pregnant women have received vaccinations.
     
  14. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
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    Since you're a proven, serial liar, link please.
     
  15. Karl K

    Karl K Member

    Oct 25, 1999
    Suburban Chicago
    Yes we will.

    Too bad for you.
     
  16. Karl K

    Karl K Member

    Oct 25, 1999
    Suburban Chicago
    No I am not Ari Fleischer. I am Karl K.

    Another moonbat myth demolished.

    Next.
     
  17. Karl K

    Karl K Member

    Oct 25, 1999
    Suburban Chicago
    Omigod Loney..you didn't know..there's an ECONOMY in Iraq??

    You know with PEOPLE??

    Who are trying to make life better??

    But since life sucks for Loney, he assumes life sucks for the Iraqis too.

    Uh, Dan? This just in.

    Your life sucks.
     
  18. Dante

    Dante Moderator
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    Nov 19, 1998
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    It just got a lot easier.
     
  19. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
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    Oh, you're so cryptic.
     
  20. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
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    You sound most disappointed to hear about progress in Iraq
     
  21. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
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    That seems to be a link to Centcom's home page. :rolleyes:
     
  22. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
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    I forgot that you consider Centcom the enemy. The next time I try to impress you, I'll use Al Jazeera as my source.
     
  23. Ian McCracken

    Ian McCracken Member

    May 28, 1999
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    None of that is good news. I'm really starting to wonder whose side the liberals are truly on if they can't recognize good news from bad news.
     
  24. ToasterLeavins

    Mar 25, 2003
    NJ USA
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    Everton FC
    I think for some people ANYTHING that makes bush look bad whether directly or indirectly is good news.
     

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