What? Are they cowards? Hell no, they've been lied to, under supplied, put in a war with unclear and changing objectives, and returned for numerous tours that have been extended beyond reasonable. The troops have been abused by an incompetent administration. The troops recognize their work is done.
Bush and his wingnuts suggest that pulling the troops out would, "undermine the morale of our troops by betraying the cause for which they have sacrificed."
Really? Over two years ago, Zogby Poll found that:
- 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and more than one in four say the troops should leave immediately
Dick Cheney vowed the U.S. would keep “a long-term military presence in Iraq until al-Qaida is defeated” there. After Cheney's rousing speech to the troops in Iraq last month, ABC correspondent Martha Raddatz spoke with soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan about their political preferences, and found that most of the soldiers she spoke to favored candidates who supported withdrawal from Iraq.
So does the Iraqi military. They overwhelmingly favor Democrats for president.
According to a new CNN poll, just 36 percent of the American public believes that “the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over." Do you think Dick Cheney really cares about what the troops or the American public think? Here's your answer:
RADDATZ: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.
RADDATZ So? You don’t care what the American people think?
crossposted at TNFree