Stay The Course In Iraq?

Zogby actually polled the troops on the ground in Iraq, the results are surprising’¦ if you believe all Bush’™s photo ops with the troops are the ‘œreal deal’.

But for those of us who can spot a stage-managed fantasy, and understand that this administration has utterly failed, and totally misused the military ‘” then the [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

Zogby actually polled the troops on the ground in Iraq, the results are surprising’¦ if you believe all Bush’™s photo ops with the troops are the ‘œreal deal’.

But for those of us who can spot a stage-managed fantasy, and understand that this administration has utterly failed, and totally misused the military ‘” then the results are what you’™d expect them to be.

The poll is the first of U.S. troops currently serving in Iraq, according to John Zogby, the pollster. Conducted by Zogby International and LeMoyne College, it asked 944 service members, ‘œHow long should U.S. troops stay in Iraq?’

Only 23 percent backed Bush’™s position that they should stay as long as necessary. In contrast, 72 percent said that U.S. troops should be pulled out within one year. Of those, 29 percent said they should withdraw ‘œimmediately’¦’

While the White House emphasizes the threat from non-Iraqi terrorists, only 26 percent of the U.S. troops say that the insurgency would end if those foreign fighters could be kept out. A plurality believes that the insurgency is made up overwhelmingly of discontented Iraqi Sunnis’¦

By a 2-1 ratio, the troops said that ‘œto control the insurgency we need to double the level of ground troops and bombing missions.’ And since there is zero chance of that happening, a majority of troops seemed to be saying that they believe this war to be unwinnable.

This first systematic look at the views of the U.S. troops on the ground suggests that our present strategy in Iraq is failing badly. The troops overwhelmingly don’™t want to ‘œstay the course,’ and they don’™t seem to think the American strategy can succeed.

The full Zogby poll is to be published Thursday, but RawStory has more excerpts posted.

There is another aspect to this poll that may get overlooked and we’™ll see if Zogby addresses it in the full poll’¦. and that is the effect that US sponsored propaganda is having on the military serving in Iraq. The military is after all a ‘œcaptive audience’ for the administrations propaganda effort.

Update: Zogby’™s posted the poll results.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

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