THE TROOPS SPEAK….From Zogby:
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.
….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.?
….Three quarters of the troops had served multiple tours and had a longer exposure to the conflict: 26% were on their first tour of duty, 45% were on their second tour, and 29% were in Iraq for a third time or more.
Soldiers are famous for being disgruntled, of course, but I doubt that 72% of military respondents in 1943 would have favored pulling out of World War II within 12 months. Zogby’s summary is a little unclear on this point, but it looks like the big difference is that troops in Iraq are pretty confused about why they’re there and whether they’re doing any good. After all, 68% think the mission was simply to remove Saddam Hussein from power, and with that done apparently a lot of them aren’t quite sure what the point of staying is.