What We’ve Done Right

You haven’t heard this. You haven’t read it. And you won’t, though for the life of me, I cannot figure out why. Here is what US troops have accomplished in Iraq.

“U.S. forces have vaccinated more than 3.2 million children and 700,000 pregnant women since 2003.”

“More than 600 health care facilities have been equipped with medical technology to treat suffering Iraqis. More than 2,500 schools have been renovated, and 8.7 million textbooks have been distributed to Iraqi children. An estimated $425 million worth of imported food has been delivered to the Iraqi people who were being denied such necessities under Saddam Hussein.”

And on, and on. It’s good news, and it’s important news — but it will never make the nightly news. The “if it bleeds, it leads” philosophy has no room in it for success — only disaster and failure.

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