To all of those naysayers, those individuals who call our troops something other than heroes, it’s time to shut up and find another whipping boy. Oil is flowing in Iraq like it hasn’t since the war began. Violence is down. Way down. Nothing like a “surge” to make liars out of cowards.
U.S. troop deaths in Iraq fell to their lowest level last month since the 2003 invasion and officials said on Sunday improved security also helped the country boost oil production in May to a post-war high.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Iraq’s oil minister credited better security for the two milestones, which illustrated a dramatic turnabout in the fortunes of a country on the brink of all-out sectarian civil war just 12 months ago.
“We’ve still got a distance to go but I think lower casualty rates are a reflection of some real progress,” Gates told reporters in Singapore. “The key will be to continue to sustain the progress we have seen.”
Shows what America’s best can do when politicians close their mouths and open their minds. And there’s more good news from Reuters:
Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani told Reuters in an interview that the improved security had helped Iraq, which has the world’s third-largest oil reserves, raise oil production to a post-war high of 2.5 million barrels per day in May.
Iraq’s oil industry, hit by decades of sanctions, war and neglect, was a vulnerable target for saboteurs after the U.S. invasion. Attacks on pipelines quickly destroyed any hopes of using Iraq’s vast oil reserves to fund its reconstruction.
The military says violence in Iraq is now at a four-year low following crackdowns by U.S. and Iraqi forces on Shi’ite militias in southern Basra and Baghdad and on al Qaeda in the northern city of Mosul, its last major urban stronghold.
“In May we have exceeded for the first time a 2 million barrels per day export rate. In production we have exceeded 2.5 million bpd,” Shahristani said.
Read the entire report here.
Thank you, troops. You are helping Americans live safer lives by killing terrorists where they nest instead of allowing them to fight us in an all-out war here.