2005/06/08

Well, duh

Son-of-a-bitch. Pardon my French; Americans finally get it. At least, more than half of them get it. More than half of Americans feel that not only has the Iraqi war not made them any safer at home, that U.S. casualty numbers are unacceptable, that Bush’s handling of the war stinks, but also that he’s doing a lousy job as president. It kinda follows, doesn’t it?*

Poll Finds Dimmer View of Iraq War
52% Say U.S. Has Not Become Safer

By Dana Milbank and Claudia Dean
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, June 8, 2005; Page A01


For the first time since the war in Iraq began, more than half of the American public believes the fight there has not made the United States safer, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

While the focus in Washington has shifted from the Iraq conflict to Social Security and other domestic matters, the survey found that Americans continue to rank Iraq second only to the economy in importance -- and that many are losing patience with the enterprise.

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say the number of casualties in Iraq is unacceptable, while two-thirds say the U.S. military there is bogged down and nearly six in 10 say the war was not worth fighting -- in all three cases matching or exceeding the highest levels of pessimism yet recorded. More than four in 10 believe the U.S. presence in Iraq is becoming analogous to the experience in Vietnam. Full story>>
*I lifted this story from this morning’s Washington Post. The WP considered it front-page news. This morning’s Commercial Appeal also carried this story; on page, 11 of section A. Sounds like the CA may have tried to bury it. I could be wrong.


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