Tuesday, February 28, 2006

72% of US Troops Want To Come Home. 90% Think Saddam Had a Role in 9-11

Here's a stunning resource: a Zogby poll on troop attitudes in Iraq.

It confirms what we've been thinking and saying all along, and would make every chickenhawk S.T.F.U. if they were capable of responding to facts instead of emotions:

# Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay “as long as they are needed”
# While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy
# Plurality believes Iraqi insurgents are mostly homegrown
# Almost 90% think war is retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11, most don’t blame Iraqi public for insurgent attacks
# Majority of troops oppose use of harsh prisoner interrogation
# Plurality of troops pleased with their armor and equipment

Tellingly, [t]hree quarters of the troops had served multiple tours and had a longer exposure to the conflict.

SUPPLEMENT, FEB. 28, 11:40 PM PST: John Zogby talks about his new poll on The Huffington Post, and the military paper Stars & Stripes covers the story. I especially like the scholar with the ultra-right-wing Cato Institute who calls the figures "troubling." Damn straight they are, but not surprising, at least to those of us who've been troubled all along.

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