Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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.


Anonymous BOSSHOG said...

Are the chickenhawks getting scared?
More troops to Iraq? Enlarging the Army and Marine Corps? Ya mean my flag waving, ultra patriotic ass might actually have to finally provide a service to my country? Whoa, the next thing ya know, "conservative patriots" will be insisting that a president tells the truth (about WMD!)

My hate is rational.

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Anonymous AtomicKitten said...

the Dems would be supported by the public in strongly resisting troop build-up in Iraq. The voters spoke loudly on this subject last month and, of course, Junior has a tin ear and is doing precisely the opposite. Dems need to fight hard on this and get the US the hell out of Iraq tout de suite.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Democrats need to stop acting as if the only ones supporting redeployment are "cut and run" liberals with "San Francisco values."

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Jack Rabbit said...

I really wonder about the 32% supporting the status quo

Frankly, I'd support more troops before supporting the status quo. The status quo, aka stay the course, is what hasn't worked.

Having said that, what I am for is cutting off funds for the war and impeaching the bastards who lied us into it.

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