Iraq progress continues: National ReviewAn acquaintance complained about how the 'liberial media' [sic] repeatedly ignores all the great news coming out of Iraq. He provided as evidence a piece in the eminently objective National Review.
I decided to read the article and was pleasantly surprised by its contents. Not wanting to mimic the 'liberial media,' I will share with you what I learned.
There was no mention of the 17,000 Iraqi civilians killed during 2006, but we are told that a whole three of Iraq's 18 provinces are now under Iraqi control, nearly four years after the invasion.
Among the other highlights:
-In Bayji, the Iraqi army captured an insurgent sniper responsible for attacks against coalition forces.
-The police in Baghdad now have a state-of-the-art forensics facility to assist in solving crimes, which will surely get a lot of use.
-A car bomb was defused near Mahmudiyah.
-239 kilometers of village roads have received upgrades.
-[I]n Nasiriyah, U.S. Army engineers delivered toys to happy Iraqi children.
-Iraq’s airline industry as a whole is coming to life, which is good news for the 50,000 Iraqis who are fleeing the utopia each month.
The article's assertion that Iraqi forces continue to improve, and are expected to be able to operate “virtually free of coalition help” sometime in 2007 is utterly fantastic news!
That means we won't need the 'troop surge' that President Bush was expected to announce this week!
Oops, I almost forgot the most important accomplishment of all: Work on the reconstruction of Iraq’s oil infrastructure is nearing completion.