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    Wednesday, June 08, 2005

    US Still Not Safe After Iraq Invasion

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    Poll Finds Dimmer View of Iraq War - June 8, 2005

    52% Say US Has Not Become Safer

    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.

    Really? Gee, I wonder why? First of all, let's remember that Osama Bin Hidin and his Troupe of Wannabe Pilots were based in Afghanistan and had ties to Saudi Arabia and other places, but NOT Iraq. Let's also remember that the war in Iraq was based on a pack of lies and super-exaggerated facts regarding both Saddam's massive stockpile of WMDs as well as his obvious blood brotherhood with Bin Hidin.

    So finally, slightly more than half of Americans realise that they had the wool pulled over their proverbial eyes and that maybe, just maybe, they shouldn't have wantonly attacked yet another Middle Eastern country.

    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.

    Wow. Unacceptable casualties. Unbelievable. What about the 100,000 Plus CIVILIAN casualties? Huh? So maybe many Americans are starting to wake up a little, but they still don't give a rat's ass about anyone except themselves. I called the "Vietnam" connection before the War started. How long has it been now? Have they actually won? Restored order to a country formerly run by an "evil" dictator and stopped the violence inherent in everyday life? I don't think so. Will they ever win? Americanize the Middle Eastern savages with their ancient religious beliefs and prise their oilfields from them? I don't think so.

    Perhaps most ominous for President Bush, 52 percent said war in Iraq has not contributed to the long-term security of the United States, while 47 percent said it has. It was the first time a majority of Americans disagreed with the central notion Bush has offered to build support for war: that the fight there will make Americans safer from terrorists at home. In late 2003, 62 percent thought the Iraq war aided U.S. security, and three months ago 52 percent thought so.

    Of course, that number parallels support for how good a job Mr. Bush is doing.

    The surge in violence in Iraq since the new government took control -- 80 U.S. troops and more than 700 Iraqis died in May alone amid a rash of bombings -- has been accompanied by rising gloom about the overall fight against terrorists. By 50 percent to 49 percent, Americans approved of the way Bush is handling the campaign against terrorism, down from 56 percent approval in April, equaling the lowest rating he has earned on the issue that has consistently been his core strength with the public.

    The Military is getting very worried about the sudden lack of support for the War. One General had written "our friendly strategicc center of gravity is the will of the American people"...

    Guess what? Chances are, you're going to lose.

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