Tuesday, February 27

If America Were Still a Democracy....

...murder of Iraqis would cease and U.S. troops would be pulled from Iraq--now. But since majority rule now is passe in post-9/11 America, DC pols ignore the people's will.

On Monday (February 26), ABC News polling director Gary Langer discussed results of an ABC News/
Washington Post survey on the Iraq War:

.... Bush is paying the continued price of an unpopular war. Sixty-four percent now say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting, up six points from last month to a new numerical high. (It was 63 percent in October.) A majority hasn't said the war was worth fighting since April 2004, and it's been even longer since a majority has approved of how Bush is handling it. Sixty-seven percent now disapprove; 55 percent disapprove strongly.

In a fundamental change, 56 percent now say U.S. forces should be withdrawn at some point even if civil order has not been restored in Iraq. That represents a continued, gradual departure from the "you break it, you've bought it" sentiment that until now has mitigated in favor of continued U.S. involvement until some stability is attained.

Another part of this change has been a shift in views on setting a withdrawal date. Given pro and con positions (avoiding casualties vs. encouraging insurgents), support for a deadline has risen from 39 percent in late 2005 to 47 percent last summer and 53 percent now. That's a majority, but not a large one; 46 percent still oppose a deadline, underscoring the difficulty of finding consensus on how to get out of Iraq. Read more

Related: "A new Gallup poll finds that six out of ten Americans oppose Bush's escalation plan. Almost two-thirds of those polled want to withdraw U.S. troops by the end of next year. The majority opposes cutting off funds for forces bound for Iraq, but supports passage of a disapproval resolution; 57 percent of Americans want Congress to cap the number of troops serving in Iraq. A new Pew Research Center poll found that 53 percent of Americans want to withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible. Traitors! Appeasers! Cowards! Defeatists! Ingrates!" --Dough Bandow, "The War Lobby Abandons the Troops," Antiwar.com, 23 February 2007, http://www.antiwar.com/bandow/?articleid=10565

Note: BBC graphics above current to 13 February 2007



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