Tuesday, February 28, 2006

One, Two, Three, What Are We Fighting For? 

Courtesy of our steadfast colleagues at Cursor, the jawdropping results of a Zogby poll of 944 military personnel serving at various locations throughout Iraq:
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” . . . .

The wide-ranging poll also shows that 58% of those serving in country say the U.S. mission in Iraq is clear in their minds, while 42% said it is either somewhat or very unclear to them, that they have no understanding of it at all, or are unsure. While 85% said the U.S. mission is mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks,” 77% said they also believe the main or a major reason for the war was “to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq” . . . .

The survey shows that most U.S. military personnel in-country have a clear sense of right and wrong when it comes to using banned weapons against the enemy, and in interrogation of prisoners. Four in five said they oppose the use of such internationally banned weapons as napalm and white phosphorous. And, even as more photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq surface around the world, 55% said it is not appropriate or standard military conduct to use harsh and threatening methods against insurgent prisoners in order to gain information of military value.
(Were there a few "not sures," or do 45% of the troops serving in Iraq think that torture is A-OK?)

In light of the findings above it is plainly incumbent upon all patriotic citizens, including bloggers, journalists, newscasters, and politicians, to make no further mention of the well-established but terribly inconvenient facts that Saddam had A) nothing to do with 9/11, and B) no working relationship with Al Qaeda. Imagine the effect on morale if our fighting men and women were ever to learn the truth.

UPDATE: Consider the above suggestion withdrawn. Our wily colleague Mr. Buck Batard of Bad Attitudes reports that you can say whatever you like, because the Pentagon has already taken steps to ensure that the troops won't hear about it.

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