Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Public Opinion & the war in Iraq

I stumbled across a CNN.com "quick vote" poll. Okay, it's not scientific, but it's eye-opening.

Can the United States "win" the war in Iraq?

The results show me that public opinion, at least those who read CNN.com, is waning from the President's "stay the course."

Yes, within two years: 13% (17,943 votes)

Yes, but a long haul: 24% (33,279 votes)

No: 62% (84,945 votes)

Sixty-two percent! Ouch.

Said the President yesterday at the White House:
"I know we're going to win. Our troops need to hear not only are they supported, but that we have got a strategy that will win... Of course, there will be debate, and of course, there will be some pessimists and some people playing politics with the issue. But, by far, the vast majority of the people in this country stand squarely with the men and women who wear the nation's uniform."
I'd concur that most Americans "stand squarely with the men and women who wear the nation's uniform." Last I checked, however, the President doesn't wear a uniform; he makes policy and macro strategy.

Said a Democratic spokesperson, "Staying the course and paying for good headlines are not a strategy. It's merely a bad excuse for not having a plan."

Perhaps that is what is reflected in the 62%?

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