Monday, June 13, 2005

Americans Becoming Impatient With Iraq Violence

A new poll has found that nearly six in 10 Americans say the United States should withdraw some or all of its troops from Iraq, marking the most negative outlook on the war since the U.S. invaded the country in 2003.

The Gallup Poll suggests that, for the first time, a majority of Americans would be "upset" if President Bush sent more soldiers, with 36 percent of participants believing troop levels should be maintained or increased. Meanwhile, 56 percent say the Iraq war wasn't "worth it." The Defense Department revealed last week that 1,293 Americans have been killed in Iraq.

Bush hasn't set a timetable for troop withdrawal, but experts and officials are weighing in on the issue. Ronald Spector, a military historian at George Washington University, told USA Today, "We have reached a tipping point. Even some of those who thought it was a great idea to get rid of Saddam Hussein are saying, 'I want our troops home.'" When White House spokesman David Almacy was questioned about the poll, he said it was, quote "vital" for U.S. peace and security that Americans continue to have a presence in Iraq by training soldiers. GOP Representitive Walter Jones of North Carolina, an ardent supporter of the invasion, called on Bush for a timetable for withdrawing troops, saying, "I feel that we have done about as much as we can do."

2 Comments:

At 2:48 PM, Blogger ElexTech said...

People would be less likely to give up the fight, if they were presented with periodic reports of progress in Iraq. A good example of such a report can be found at url
http://www.strategypage.com//fyeo/qndguide/default.asp?target=IRAQ.HTM

Here's a partial quote; I encourage all to go to that url and read the entire article:

(Quote)
[snip]
One reason for the despair within the Baath Party is the improved
performance of the Iraqi police. This is no accident. Late last year, two
changes were made to how the United States recruited and deployed the
Iraqi police. First, standards for recruitment were increased, and
training made longer and more intense. As expected, this did not reduce
the number of new recruits coming in, because being a cop was still one of the better paying, and available, jobs in the other country. But firing poorly performing cops and police commanders did wonders for the
morale and performance of the good cops. The other change was to deploy
trained police battalions to areas the cops were not native to. This was a technique even Saddam had to use. If you recruit all the cops from the area they will be working in, too many of those policemen will be corrupted by local criminals and bureaucrats. The corruption wasn’t always in the from of cash or favors. Threats against a cops family would
work as well. This was what was happening to so many of the police
recruited from areas where they were working, particularly in Sunni Arab areas. So the U.S. formed special police battalions, trained them a bit more, screened their commanders more thoroughly, and paid them a bonus to work away from home. These were mainly Kurdish and Shia Arab cops being sent to work in Sunni Arab areas.
[snip]
Kurdish and Shia Arab cops saw cracking down on Sunni Arabs as a rare combination of business and
pleasure.
[snip]
(unquote)

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Sick Boy said...

Whether we send more, or withdraw some, the attempt to fight a political correct war is hindering us. Who is Gallup anyway? USA Today? Don't hear many polls of radio listeners now do we? Know anyone who has been polled? Just curious. We lost the element of surprise and speed by allowing polls to dictate foreign policy. I say get the Bees buzzing: B-1, B-2, B-52. Hell, both Hitler and Patton knew to defeat a ruthless enemy one had to be more ruthless.

 

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