Twenty-five Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2005 for the reestablished Fulbright program.
The Iraqi Navy is operational - they have five 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.
Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons, which includes 9 reconnaissance 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.
Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion.
The Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers.
There are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers every 8 weeks.
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 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities.
Ninety-six percent of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations.
Four million three hundred thousand Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October.
There are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%
Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations.
Forty-seven countries have reestablished their embassies in Iraq.
The Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people.
Thirty-one hundred schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been built in Iraq.
Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers (all currently operating).
The Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004
Two candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently.
Source (US Dept of Defense)
If none of this sounds familiar to you, there's a reason. It doesn't fit the leftist agenda of demoralizing the American people and smearing our good name around the world. For most Americans, the news consists of death and scandal. Believe me, if Washington DC got the same press, people would be asking for us to withdraw from there as well.
Actually, withdrawing from Washington DC makes more sense.