Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hey America, The Pride Is Back

With Year (Holy fucking shit, really? Six?) Six of the war in Iraq starting tomorrow, let's take a minute to honor our brave men and women in uniform, and reflect on all they've accomplished. Department of Defense Office of Public Affairs, the floor is yours.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, March 17, 2008 – Chicken farming in Iraq is moving toward pre-war levels, as coalition forces work with farmers to overcome challenges.

The community of Abu Lukah, one of the first areas where soldiers discovered chicken houses, has four chicken houses, three of which are functioning. The first visit by the unit was at the end of January, during which the owner, Abdul Sataar, had just begun a new cycle. Recently the unit revisited Chicken House No. 1 to check on the status of operations. It had been about 35 days since the arrival of the first batch of chicks, and in about 10 days the chickens would be ready for sale.

"This is an absolute success story," said Capt. David Stewart, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3-7th Infantry Regiment

Chicken farming is almost back to what it was under the harsh tyranny of Saddam. A stinging rebuke to the naysayers - myself included - who questioned the effectiveness of The Surge.

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