The panic over Iraq

Norman Podhoretz has a lengthy commentary that is well worth reading about the unseemly panic by the left to leave Iraq, precisely when theings are starting to go swimmingly over there.

He asks why there is no credit for;

  • per-capita income has doubled since 2003 and is now 30-percent higher than it was before the war
  • that the Iraqi economy is projected to grow at a whopping 16.8 percent in 2006
  • and that there are five times more cars on the streets than in Saddam Hussein’s day
  • five times more telephone subscribers
  • and 32 times more Internet users.
  • whereas not a single independent media outlet existed in Iraq before 2003, there are now 44 commercial TV stations, 72 radio stations, and more than 100 newspapers.
  • add the 3,404 public schools
  • 304 water and sewage projects
  • 257 fire and police stations
  • and 149 public-health facilities that had been built as of September 2005
  • with another 921 such projects currently under construction.

 Why indeed?

Perhaps that is best summed up by a MSM journalist.

"As long as American soldiers are getting killed nearly every day, we’re not going to be giving much coverage to the opening of multimillion dollar sewage projects. American lives are worth more than Iraqi shit."


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