Wednesday, March 01, 2006
For almost a year now, King George and the royal order of servants in his monarchy have mercilessly vilified grieving mom and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan as an unpatriotic left-wing crackpot who is not only out of touch with mainstream America but also someone who's dishonoring the soldiers who've been killed as well as those still fighting Bush's vanity project in Iraq. Well guess what? Sheehan apparently does speak for America, and for our troops as well.
A new poll released this week by Le Moyne College/Zogby shows some astounding contradictions to the relentless rhetoric that Bush has been spewing about our soldiers' desire to "complete the mission." 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, while 29% want an immediate pullout, with 22% calling for a withdrawal in six months (John Murtha, are you listening?). Only 23% believes the Bush mantra that they should stay "as long as they are needed." While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say our role is anything but. Most believe that the enemy we're fighting is comprised of Iraqi insurgents rather than outside terrorists. And perhaps most amazing is that 85% said the U.S. mission is mainly "to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks" and 77% said they also believe the primary reason for the war was "to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq." See how well propaganda works?
Additionally, in a new CBS poll released this week, public approval for Bush's handling of the war has fallen to 30% from 37% in January. What's more, 62% said U.S. efforts in Iraq were failing, up from 54% in January. When you factor all this in with the lack of support from the troops, the conclusion is clear: Cindy Sheehan speaks for America, and Clueless George does not.