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A War We Might Win?

In today’s Times, two analysts from the Brookings Institution have written an op-ed on the seemingly rosy state of affairs in Iraq. Troops are beaming with morale and optimism; their faith in General Petraeus is stalwart. Even the Iraqi people … Read More

By / July 30, 2007

In today’s Times, two analysts from the Brookings Institution have written an op-ed on the seemingly rosy state of affairs in Iraq. Troops are beaming with morale and optimism; their faith in General Petraeus is stalwart. Even the Iraqi people are benefiting:

Everywhere, Army and Marine units were focused on securing the Iraqi population, working with Iraqi security units, creating new political and economic arrangements at the local level and providing basic services — electricity, fuel, clean water and sanitation — to the people.

Interesting. This headline from Iraq Slogger tells a much different story: “8 Million Iraqis in Immediate Need.” According to a report released today from Oxfam International,

  • Four million Iraqis – 15% – regularly cannot buy enough to eat.
  • 70% are without adequate water supplies, compared to 50% in 2003.
  • 80% do not have access to proper sanitation.
  • 43% live on less than a dollar a day.
  • 28% of children are malnourished, compared to 19% before the 2003 invasion.
  • 92% of Iraqi children suffer learning problems, mostly due to the climate of fear.
  • 90% of the country's hospitals lack basic medical supplies.
  • More than 15% are either internally or externally displaced.
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