Regarding U.S. Troop Levels In Iraq, Americans Have Never Been So United
A new poll from CNN finds just 11 percent of Americans supported the idea of sending more troops to Iraq.
Rarely has the country been so united.
Americans are being very clear. Just 32 percent said they would support keeping U.S. troops in Iraq "as long as necessary" to hand over control to a new Iraqi government. By comparison, 54 percent said they wanted U.S. troop withdrawal within a year.
The conservative television pundits and radio ranters would have you believe that only "Blame America First" liberals want to "cut and run." The truth is, the vast majority of Americans want us to begin redeploying troops soon, and handing over more responsibility to the Iraqis.
I don't expect President Bush to listen. CNN's White House correspondent, Suzanne Malveaux, noted Monday that the American Enterprise Institute, a right-wing think tank, “has the president’s ear and is influencing his thinking” on Iraq, as Bush last week was briefed on an AEI report calling for a troop surge in Iraq that “would probably last for anywhere from 18 to 24 months.”
But Democrats should not be scared of conservative name-calling, and they should not ignore the fact that Bush is not representing the vast majority of Americans.
The people have spoken. It's time the Democrats give these people a voice in Washington.