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Taking Our Eyes Off the Ball

Found this piece of twisted logic on Rasmussen Reports:

Most Americans—52%–say bringing the troops home within four years is a higher priority than winning the War.

So, you’re telling me that over half the country would rather see us defeated and tucked back behind our borders-which happen to leak like a sieve-than continue pursuing terrorists in Iraq and getting that country stable?

Had a hard time believing that, so I looked at the wording of the actual question, and the results when asked:

John McCain recently gave a speech saying that– if he is elected President—the United States will win the War in Iraq during his first term in office. McCain also said that virtually all combat troops will be home from Iraq by the end of his first term in office. If you had to choose just one of those goals as the higher priority, would you rather see the United States win the War in Iraq or get the troops home from Iraq within four years?

39% Win the war
52% Get the troops home
8% Not sure

Yet, in the same poll, 49% of the voters asked thought victory in Iraq was at least somewhat likely with McCain as President, compared to a mere 20% with Obama as president (no shock there, since he openly advocates defeat). I have to wonder how much different the polling results would be if McCain’s name was left out of the question.

I’d want to know next if McCain is elected, does it become worth it to stay in Iraq to achieve victory? Or is it still more important to pull everyone out with no concern for the future?

The democrats are running the 2006 election playbook all over: once again, if you’re against the war, you’re immediately popular. The only problem with that, though, is that here in 2008, we’re actually winning the war there. Admittedly, in 2006, the outcome was a lot more suspect, and it was harder for those who believed in the mission to see victory.

That haze of defeat is starting to clear now…yet half the country just wants to write the signs of progress off, and tuck tail.

Coming soon to the White House: the first administration to lead a nation into defeat.

But if this poll is to be believed, it’s what most Americans seem to want anyway.




Written by Coby Dillard

May 20, 2008 at 6:06 pm

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  1. Pretty easy to find/contact me, but I’m ArmySergeant (at) IVAW (dot) org in case you can’t tell it by the blog.

    I think the problem with the whole “win the war” thing is that it’s not a war at this point. It’s an occupation, and when you get involved in an occupation, you’re in a losing position, because you have to win all the time, and the opposition doesn’t really have a losing scenario.

    I’m still waiting for someone to define enough success in Iraq for us to fully come home. Not permanent basing, come ALL the way home. The Korea model is not viable for Iraq.

    Army Sergeant

    June 2, 2008 at 9:55 am

  2. I would like to know if you think winning in Iraq is truly possible. How is thata defined to you? Army Sergeant makes a good point.

    At this point it seems that even mot Bush supporters/Republicans think our plan in Iraq was incredibly flawed. Why are you not convinced?


    June 5, 2008 at 4:46 pm

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