Some Interesting Stuff That Didn't Make The News

This was recently shared with me by another Marine family. I do not know where it orginated from or what the actual date of original distribution was, but I thought it was definitely worth the read regardless of when...

Subject: Some Interesting Facts

From the Commanding Officer at MWSS-171 to his Marines;

Accomplishments that never make the news:

Marines and Sailors,

As we approach the end of the year I think it is important to

share a few thoughts about what you've accomplished directly, in some cases,

and indirectly in many others. I am speaking about what the Bush

Administration and each of you has contributed by wearing the uniform, because

the fact that you wear the uniform contributes 100% to the capability of the

nation to send a few onto the field to execute national policy. As you read

about these achievements you are a part of I would call your attention to two


1. This is good news that hasn't been fit to print or report on


2. It is much easier to point out the errors a man makes when he

makes the tough decisions, rarely is the positive as aggressively pursued.

Since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1...

... the first battalion of the new Iraqi Army has graduated and

is on active duty.

... over 60,000 Iraqis now provide security to their fellow


... nearly all of Iraq's 400 courts are functioning.

... the Iraqi judiciary is fully independent.

... on Monday, October 6 power generation hit 4,518

megawatts-exceeding the prewar average.

... all 22 universities and 43 technical institutes and colleges

are open, as are nearly all primary and secondary schools.

... by October 1, Coalition forces had rehab-ed over 1,500

schools, 500 more than scheduled.

... teachers earn from 12 to 25 times their former salaries.

... all 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are open.

... doctors salaries are at least eight times what they were

under Saddam.

... pharmaceutical distribution has gone from essentially

nothing to 700 tons in May to a current total of 12,000 tons.

... the Coalition has helped administer over 22 million

vaccinations to Iraq's children.

... a Coalition program has cleared over 14,000 kilometers

of Iraq's

... 27,000 kilometers of weed-choked canals which now irrigate

tens of thousands of farms. This project has created jobs for more than 100,000

Iraqi men and women.

... we have restored over three-quarters of prewar telephone

services and over two-thirds of the potable water production.

... there are 4,900 full-service telephone connections. We

expect 50,000 by year-end.

... the wheels of commerce are turning. From bicycles to

satellite dishes to cars and trucks, businesses are coming to life in all major cities

and towns.

... 95 percent of all prewar bank customers have service and

first-time customers are opening accounts daily.

.. Iraqi banks are making loans to finance businesses.

... the central bank is fully independent.

... Iraq has one of the worlds most growth-oriented investment

and banking laws.

... Iraq has a single, unified currency for the first time in

15 years.

... satellite TV dishes are legal.

... foreign journalists aren't on 10-day visas paying

mandatory and extortionate fees to the Ministry of Information for "minders" and other

government spies.

... there is no Ministry of Information.

.. there are more than 170 newspapers.

... you can buy satellite dishes on what seems like every street


... foreign journalists (and everyone else) are free to come

and go.

... a nation that had not one single element - legislative,

judicial or executive of a representative government, now does.

... in Baghdad alone residents have selected 88

advisory councils. Baghdad's first

democratic transfer of power in 35 years happened when the

city council elected its new chairman.

... today in Iraq chambers of commerce, business, school and

professional organizations are electing their leaders all over the country.

... 25 ministers, selected by the most representative governing

body in Iraq's history, run the day-to-day business of government.

... the Iraqi government regularly participates in

international events.

Since July the Iraqi government has been represented in over two

dozen international meetings, including those of the UN General Assembly, the

Arab League, the World Bank and IMF and, today, the Islamic Conference Summit.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today announced that it is reopening over 30

Iraqi embassies around the world.

... Shia religious festivals that were all but banned, aren't.

... for the first time in 35 years, in Karbala thousands

of Shiites celebrate the pilgrimage of the 12th Imam.

... the Coalition has completed over 13,000 reconstruction

projects, large and small, as part of a strategic plan for the reconstruction of Iraq.

... Uday and Queasy are dead - and no longer feeding innocent

Iraqis to the zoo lions,

raping the young daughters of local leaders to force

cooperation, torturing Iraq's soccer players for losing games, or murdering critics

... children aren't imprisoned or murdered when their parents

disagree with the government.

... political opponents aren't imprisoned, tortured, executed,

maimed, or are forced to watch their families die for disagreeing with Saddam.

... millions of longsuffering Iraqis no longer live

in perpetual terror.

... Saudis will hold municipal elections.

... Qatar is reforming education to give more choices to


... Jordan is accelerating market economic reforms.

... the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for the first time to an


...A Muslim woman who speaks out with courage for human rights,

for democracy and for peace.

... Saddam is gone.

.. Iraq is free.

... President Bush has not faltered or failed.

...Yet, little or none of this information has been published

by the Press corps that prides itself on bringing you all the news that's important.

Iraq under US lead control has come further in six months than

Germany did in seven years or Japan did in nine years following WWII. Military

deaths from fanatic Nazi's, and Japanese numbered in the thousands and

continued for over three years after WWII victory was declared. It took the US

over four months to clear away the twin tower debris, let alone attempt to

build something else in its place.

Now, take into account that Congress fought President Bush on

every aspect of his handling of this country's war and the post-war

reconstruction; and that they continue to claim on a daily basis on national

TV that this conflict has been a failure.

Taking everything into consideration, even the unfortunate loss of

our brothers and sisters in this conflict, do you think anyone else in the

world could have accomplished as much as the United States and the Bush

administration in so short a period of time?

These are things worth writing about. Get the word out. Write to

someone you think may be able to influence our Congress or the press to tell

the story.

Above all, be proud that you are a part of this historical


God Bless you all.

Semper Fidelis

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