Accomplishments In The Name Of Freedom

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Editor:

For all the members of the American Socialist Party (Democratic Party) who prefer to distort the facts, I wish to present the following partial list of American/Iraqi accomplishments. Since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1, 2003, the following things have been accomplished:

  • The first battalion of the new Iraqi Army has graduated and are on active duty.
  • Nearly all of Iraq's 400 courts are functioning.
  • The Iraqi Judiciary is fully independent.
  • All 22 universities and 43 technical institutes and colleges are open as are nearly all primary and secondary schools. Coalition forces have rehabbed over 1500 schools.
  • Teachers earn from 12 to 25 times their former salaries.
  • All 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are open.
  • Doctor's salaries are at least eight times what they were under Saddam.
  • Pharmaceutical distribution has gone from essentially nothing 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. They now irrigate tens of thousands of farms. This project has created jobs for more than 100,000 Iraqi men and women.
  • 95 percent of all pre-war 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 a single, unified currency for the first time in 15 years.
  • There are more than 170 independent newspapers.
  • You can buy satellite dishes on what seems like every street corner.
  • For the first time in 35 years in Karbala, thousands of Shiites celebrate the pilgrimage of the 12th Imam.
  • Political opponents aren't imprisoned, tortured, executed, maimed, or forced to watch their families die for disagreeing with Saddam.
  • Saudis will hold municipal elections.
  • Qatar is reforming education to give more choices to parents.
  • Jordan is accelerating market economic reforms.

I would also like to add that in addition to his other duties, George Bush also happens to be Commander in Chief of the U.S. military that has made the above possible. People tend to forget this at times ... some conveniently. These brave young men and women of our armed forces, doing a great job, are making it possible to accomplish these happenings in the name of freedom and human decency.

Don Castleman, Chairman, Gila County Republican Committee

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