A strong majority of Iraqis want U.S.-led military forces to immediately withdraw from the country, saying their swift departure would make Iraq more secure and decrease sectarian violence, according to new polls by the State Department and independent researchers. [Washington Post]
For supporters of the Iraq war who have argued the troops were there with their approval, this will no doubt come as a big blow. But given the American administration’s breathtaking incompetence is this surprising?
In Baghdad, for example, nearly three-quarters of residents polled said they would feel safer if U.S. and other foreign forces left Iraq, with 65 percent of those asked favoring an immediate pullout, according to State Department polling results obtained by The Washington Post.
“The very fact that there is such a low support for American forces has to do with the American failure to do basically anything for Iraqis,” said Mansoor Moaddel, a professor of sociology at Eastern Michigan University, who commissioned a poll earlier this year that also found widespread support for a withdrawal. “It’s part of human nature. People respect authority and power. But the U.S. so far has been unable to establish any real authority.”
Well there’s a surprise. The situation in Iraq is now widely out of control. The violence shows no sign of abating and neither do the Americans show any sign of getting it under control. They need to leave.
The problem is of course that most of those anxious to keep troops in the country do so because they think it will be akin to admitting failure. It will be the USA’s second Vietnam and sweet music to Osama Bin Laden.
True, but this analysis neither cares for the well-being of the Iraqis and neither does it accept the inevitable. Bin Laden should have been hunted and shot like a dog years ago. Instead we are in a quagmire because Bush wanted to avenge his daddy.
The incompetence of the US administration is partly the fault of Democrats not pushing Bush enough on the practical issues, instead taking the occasional snipe at the thinking behind the war. But if Bush had been forced to think more about the logistics so many lives would not have been lost.
Will the Democrats find their balls? It remains to be seen. This week former President Clinton got angry during a Fox News interview insinuating he didn’t do enough to curtail Al-Qaida. His angry comeback has got tongues wagging all over Washington with the implication that maybe the Democrats could take their cue from Clinton.
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