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TheWann formely known as the Airman in Iraq blog, since I am no longer in Iraq I decided to make this still for family and friends, with a wider stretch of thoughts for anyone else. 

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

11:00 AM - 2005 in review

So its a new year and as so many other places have done I will try to look at the year 2005 from my point of view. If you want to see the death toll and the lovely things that people want you to know so you will be against the war, democracy and people like me go some where else, I will be bias because I can be! This is the good stuff for once, enjoy.

  • Jan. 30: In a major political milestone, millions of Iraqis turn out to elect a 275-seat National Assembly. Shiite parties win 48 percent of the seats, Kurdish parties win 26 percent, and Sunnis largely boycott the vote.
  • March 29: The Iraqi National Assembly convenes for the first time.
  • April 6: Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, is elected president of the new Iraqi government. Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a Shiite, and Ghazi al Yawer, a Sunni, are elected vice presidents. The next day, Ibrahim al Jaafari, a Shiite, is appointed prime minister.
  • May 27: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division, announces it has completed its 1,000th reconstruction project in Iraq, a school in the town of Zahko. In all, some $8 billion would be spent on reconstruction projects through 2005.
  • July 17: The first charges of crimes against humanity — relating to the killing of 148 people in the village of Dujail — are filed against Saddam Hussein.
  • Sept. 18: In a historic vote, Afghans turn out in droves to elect their first representative parliamentary government.
  • Oct. 15: Iraqi voters turn out by the millions to approve a national constitution. A December vote on the makeup of the government is set.
  • Oct. 19: The trial of Saddam opens, and after a brief few hours, adjourns for five weeks. The trial continues in fits and starts through the end of the year.
  • Nov. 11: Secretary of State Rice inaugurates the first Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq, while on a visit to Mosul. The concept, which began in Afghanistan, combines military, diplomatic and engineering efforts to help in rebuilding efforts.
  • Dec. 15:Millions of Iraqis go to polling places to elect their first full-term government since the 2003 American invasion. Early voting results show Shiite parties in the lead; by late December, Sunnis and other groups were protesting the results, which had not yet been finalized.
  • Dec. 20:The Pentagon announces a troop cut in Afghanistan, bringing the total number of forces down from 19,000 to 16,500 for the year 2006.

  • Some 200,000 Iraqis have been trained for the Iraq military and police forces, amajor part of the plan to leave Iraq.
  • As of Dec 15th we are keeping under 138,000 troops in the AOR
  • In October, troops deployed to Afghanistan were called on to help with earthquake relief missions in neighboring Pakistan. The quake killed some 80,000 people.
  • Iraq has been handed over some 2 dozen bases that were controlled by the US and other allies.
  • Cindy Sheehan is still alive.

PEACE (0900 here is midnight in Kansas City!)


Anonymous the dad said...

God bless Cindy Sheehan! She needs it. She lost her Marine son over there. The loss of a loved one sometimes warps the mind. If her son had come back alive in one piece, I dare to say that none of us would have ever heard of her (just call me mister obvious). She would have lived her life as an "empty nester - former soccer mom". We wish she could have had a boring life. God loves her, too. As for as everything else you've written, especially about the french, Right-on! We just got done talking to you on the phone about an hour and a half ago. We always enjoy hearing from you. Mom and I are looking forward to seeing you when you get back. Hope to have a good chunk of time with you before you transfer. We're planning on it. Mom went to the lawyer the other day to get legal papers drawn up to adopt Levi. You know, because of the abandonment thing. Permanent custody begins after we sign the papers on Tuesday. If you're there, you can protest, but, if you can't make it, the decision is final. Love you. Happy New Year. Mom and Dad  

Anonymous maxwell smartass said...

Just so's you know (don't tell anybody that I told you this), but I just looked at your site meter. The world map had all of those dots all over it. I clicked on them, and guess what I saw? Somebody in DC and France have been looking at you site!!! Verrry Interestink!!! Don't worry, I won't tell anyone.  

Blogger binarypunk said...

Yes you are right about the Sheehan thing, and I wouldn't have had a problem with her protest. Its totally understandable when you go through that kinda grief what you can warp yourself into thinking. BUT after President Bush met with her to explain everything the best that he could to her as she had wanted, that shoulda been it. Instead she spit in the face of the very people that were with her son the day he died. Its time to move on and don't ruin the legacy of a fallen hero so you can get PR time. On a side note about 50 people showed up to her book signing! That shows America really isn't completly full of these kinda people. I just want people like her to fade away in whatever way possible.  

Blogger binarypunk said...

thanx smartass, I think France would like my site LOL and as for DC...hello :-)  

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