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June 25, 2008

Moooooving Right Along

The Marine Corps and the Iraqi government are teaming up to ensure a brighter future for the fledgling country... one cow at a time:

The purpose of the local government is to meet the needs of the people. One of the ways the local government here is doing this is by building a dairy farm.

“The farm will consist of four buildings which will house about seventy cows per buildings,” said Army Lt. Col. Allen R. Gifford, 49, from Osseo, Wis., who is the embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team liaison officer with the American Embassy in Baghdad. “The facility will also be able to process other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt.”

The project idea came from the local government in Anah and so far has been funded by the government of Iraq rather than Coalition forces.

“It is a good example of the local government taking it upon themselves to provide for their citizens, said Gunnery Sgt. Gary M. Gonzalez, 39, from Alhambra, Calif., who is the assistant team leader with Detachment 1, Civil Affairs Team 5, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5.

The locals are so enthusiastic about the new jobs and revenue the proposed dairy farm will bring that they are already 80% done with the structures. The farm is expected to open shortly.

Posted by Cassandra at June 25, 2008 06:19 AM

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Those Americans never learn.

Nothing but cowboy diplomacy.

Posted by: Grim at June 25, 2008 06:50 AM

Why is the government building the dairy farm? Have we not even taught them the concept of privately owned business?

Posted by: Hummer at June 25, 2008 08:26 AM

Have we taught it to ourselves? All I have heard lately is how much better things would be if we nationalized the oil industry, so Congress can set prices.

Posted by: Grim at June 25, 2008 09:04 AM

If the price for milk in Iraq is set using the price-support same formula as the United States until recently used (the farther your farm from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the greater your subsidy), those guys will be STINKING RICH!!

Joe Doakes,
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Posted by: joe doakes at June 25, 2008 09:50 AM

Iraqi "gubmint" cheese? Their Americanization will then be complete...

Posted by: camojack at June 26, 2008 01:14 AM

Standing joke among the Iraqis is that Puerto Rico is gonna get a shock when Iraq gets statehood before PR does...

Posted by: BillT at June 26, 2008 02:27 AM

Ok, now THAT would be funny!

Posted by: MikeD at June 26, 2008 01:11 PM

America's a natural empire given the history of applying for state hood. There is no legal or physical obstruction preventing any downtrodden people in say... Zimbabwe, from petitioning for America to annex their nation.

There is something in the way, though, it's gutlessness.

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