The Lady Speaks

Bush Wrong, Murtha Right….again

Stars and Stripes is reporting that a new Zogby poll shows 72% of US troops support withdrawal from Iraq within a year.

The survey of 944 troops, conducted in Iraq between Jan. 18 and Feb. 14, said that only 23 percent of servicemembers thought U.S. forces should stay “as long as they are needed.”

Of the 72 percent, 22 percent said troops should leave within the next six months, and 29 percent said they should withdraw “immediately.” Twenty-one percent said the U.S. military presence should end within a year; 5 percent weren’t sure.

That same survey found that 42% of the troops are unsure of their mission, and an astonishing 85% believe the Iraq invasion was retaliation for Saddam Hussein’s role in 9/11.

“We were surprised by that, especially the 85 percent [figure],” Zogby said. “Clearly that is much higher than the consensus among the American public, and the public’s perception [on that topic] is much higher than the actual reality of the situation.”

In terms of current operations, 80 percent of those polled said they did not hold a negative view of all Iraqis because of the ongoing attacks against coalition military forces.

More than 43 percent of those polled said their equipment, such as Humvees, body armor and munitions, is adequate for the jobs facing them, while 30 percent said it is not.

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Of those surveyed, 75 percent have served multiple tours in Iraq, 63 percent were under 30 years old, and 75 percent were male.

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March 1, 2006 - Posted by | Bush, Iraq, Politics, US Military

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