February 28, 2006
-- by Thomas Leavitt
Excerpts of interest from New Poll Of U.S. Soldiers in Iraq by John Zogby. It appears a majority of the soldiers on the ground want us out of Iraq now or within the next six months, and an overwhelming percentage think we should leave within the year.
A first-ever survey of U.S. troops on the ground fighting a war overseas has revealed surprising findings, not the least of which is that an overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year.
It also appears that the troops in Iraq are unaware of the fact that Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11 and that Al Qaeda's presence in Iraq post-dates the invasion (one would think that the numbers might shift even more dramatically, if they did).
Nearly nine of every 10 - 85% - said the U.S. mission is "to retaliate for Saddam's role in the 9-11 attacks," while 77% said they believe the main or a major reason for the war was "to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq."
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re: Nearly nine of every 10 - 85% - said the U.S. mission is "to retaliate for Saddam's role in the 9-11 attacks,"
Is this an example of leadership?
Does a real leader let his troops march into battle with their heads filled with lies as to why they are there and what they are fighting for?
A Mis-Leader does however.
It was on the news this morning that 35% of returning troops get help soon after they get home for mental health problems because of their service in Iraq. These poor kids!
Cowardly traitors! Giving aid and comfort to the enemy! Why won't they support the troops?!
What I found really interesting was the actual questions asked, and the methodololy used to measure the results.
Oh! That's right. Zogby refuses to release the basic information that every reputable pollster releases with every poll.
I guess that's why every pollster from Gallup on down is saying this poll can't be believed.
Does anyone here care that we can't see the questions or methodology? Or would you prefer to be mislead, as long as you're comfortable with the imaginary path.
Instant gratification can be nice, even when it's false. But it doesn't win elections.
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