Here are some things that you may not have heard on CNN or read in the NYT.
Thanks to all of our soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan, who are helping the people of both countries bring a dream to fruition that many never thought was possible.
* Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.
* School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.
* Over 1,500 schools have been renovated and rid of the weapons stored there so education can occur.
* The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off-loaded from ships faster.
* Oil production hit 2 million barrels a day in April 2004.
* Treatment facilities have been repaired and over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water in Iraq.
* Electricity production now exceeds pre-war levels.
* 100% of the hospitals are open and fully staffed, compared to 35% before the war.
* Though elections remain a point of contention, they are taking place in every major city, and city councils are in place.
* Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city, and work is still underway in this regard.
* Iraq police are now patrolling the streets -the goal is to train 35-50 thousand.
* Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the country.
* Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side by side with US soldiers.
* Over 400,000 people now have operational telephones in Iraq.
* Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of germs.
* An interim constitution has been signed.
* Enrollment of girls has increased in local schools.
* Textbooks that don't mention Saddam are in the schools for the first time in 30 years.
If you want to send a care package to the troops for Christmas...please contact Keystone Soldiers -whose tireless efforts for the troops have recently been chronicled by CNN and will be featured on Lou Dobbs show Christmas week.