Friday, December 23, 2005
2005 Roundup of the Evil America
(RealClearPolitics)Consider how the year started: by the time the ball dropped in Times Square ringing in the first minutes of 2005, the death toll from the tsunami in Southeast Asia stood at 140,000 Â a number that would eventually climb by some estimates to an unimaginable 275,000 dead.
In the first 45 days of 2005 (plus the last four days of 2004) the United States military flew 3,617 recon and relief missions delivering more than 24 million pounds of food, medicine and supplies to Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Military medics also treated more than 2,200 injured survivors.
Now consider how the year ended: on December 15, more than 10 million Iraqis went to the polls to elect a new government. This represented the most free, most fair election ever held in the region, conducted with little to no violence amid an ongoing terrorist insurgency.
In between these two events there were two other elections in Iraq (January 31 and October 15), an election in Afghanistan (September 18), domestic relief efforts in the aftermath of Katrina (late August, early September) , and international relief efforts in northern Pakistan after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake ripped through the region on October 8 killing more than 80,000 and leaving 3 million without shelter. All of these accomplishments were facilitated almost exclusively by the might and the effort of the U.S. military.
While the leftist world throws scorn on America, this country continues to spend more in helping not only our poor but the poor of the world. We spend more on anti-pollution controls than any other country in the world , while simultaneously producing more goods and sevices than any other country in the world. In short, the blatant jealousy, around the world, of American prosperity and generosity continues, while the U.S. goes about it's business of being the most powerful, productive, and free country in history.
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