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Is Good News Overlooked?
By A.M.Johnson


June 27, 2006

Dear Editor,

The following post was submitted to Senator Murkowski's office today. It would be boon to all of us as Americans, to have this information confirmed as accurate.

Ketchikan, AK - USA


About: Al Johnson writes, "Sort of conservative, like Bush, and really like our military and that for which is stands. Never cuts and runs."

Senator Murkowski,

Would you be kind enough to have one of your staff contact a counterpart in the Department of Defense to confirm the statistics offered as being authentic? I am sending this request as a letter to the Sitnews editor. It would be the intent to follow this up with the confirmation requested.

Your views on the information would be welcome. In my opinion ,if acturate, these facts be read into the daily log of the Senate by yourself. Tragic that good news is often conveniently overlooked by the Main Stream Media for up-patriotic ends.


Of course I didn't know. How could I?

As of May 2006 and! ---- These facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense web site:

Did you know that 47 countries have reestablished their embassies in Iraq?

Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?

Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been built in Iraq?

Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating?

Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program?

Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5- 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.

Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons, which includes 9 reco nnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers?

Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?

Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?

Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks?

Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 wa ter facilities and 69 electrical facilities.

Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?

Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?

Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%?

Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?

Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?

Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently?




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