:: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 ::

The Bloody Circus

Clowning Around 005, originally uploaded by cactusbones.

Another three UK troops were killed in Iraq yesterday bringing the total to 103. Interesting then to see what soldiers think about the war themselves.

An poll released today. Serving US military personnel were polled about Iraq.

"An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows.

The poll, conducted in conjunction with Le Moyne College’s Center for Peace and Global Studies, showed that 29% of the respondents, serving in various branches of the armed forces, said the U.S. should leave Iraq “immediately,” while another 22% said they should leave in the next six months. Another 21% said troops should be out between six and 12 months, while 23% said they should stay “as long as they are needed.”

There is also a clear distinction between 'professional' military units and those part times who the occupation forces are reliant on. This will be reflected even more strongly with people at home who face the call up.

Different branches had quite different sentiments on the question, the poll shows. While 89% of reserves and 82% of those in the National Guard said the U.S. should leave Iraq within a year, 58% of Marines think so. Seven in ten of those in the regular Army thought the U.S. should leave Iraq in the next year. Moreover, about three-quarters of those in National Guard and Reserve units favor withdrawal within six months, just 15% of Marines felt that way. About half of those in the regular Army favored withdrawal from Iraq in the next six months."

Somewhat shockingly however, the poll shows that 90% of troops believe that the invasion was a result of Iraq's involvement in 9/11. This despite Bush's backdown from this position. Some lesson there about the power of propaganda, the lies which tie the "changing world" after 9/11 with the invasion of Iraq.

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