Updated on April 19, 2010
Soldiers Want To Go Home [Update]
[Update] Something I find interesting about the way these polls are written is how they’re portrayed. For example, the focus in the media has been that 29% of soldier polled think we should leave Iraq “immediately” instead of 71% don’t think we should leave immediately. Doesn’t that kind of change a person’s thinking a little?
Trolling the various newspaper sites around the internet, I’m frequently bombarded with this subheadline, “A majority of American troops believe they should leave Iraq within a year, while 23 percent said they should stay in the country as long as needed.” Seems to me that the focus is definitely geared toward convincing the nation that “even our troops are unsupportive of this war”. There weren’t any follow-up questions to the survey. After 72% think we should leave within a year, how about asking “why do you feel that way?” All these reports just give the wrong impression.
I bet the results would be slightly different if the follow-on question was, “Would you still agree if a year from now the military wasn’t capable of securing the country or its borders?” Heck, if they could do that now, then I’m one of the guys who would say, let’s leave immediately. This just reeks of another attempt at convincing the country that a stretegy of defeat is a good strategy, since it’s supported by the very people carrying that stategy out. It just doesn’t reflect reality and isn’t very in-depth.
It also doesn’t reflect the fact that troops in a combat zone, myself included, are more prone to hate what they’re doing and want to leave. How about polling recently returned troops and asking them those same questions? When I was stuck eating dirt and wearing smelly clothes day in and day out, asking me if I thought we should stay wouldn’t have been a very good idea. As a matter of fact, when I was interviewed in Fallujah about the decision to extent my unit for a few more months, I was pissed and pessimistic. Those following months were my most productive months since the end of the war. Don’t fall for the hype and spin that the media is already making out of this poll, financed by an anti-war faction, I might add. Though, I’ll admit that probably had nothing to do with the results but probably influenced the questioning.
Zogby International has released a poll where soldiers, real soldiers, were asked their opinion about Iraq. Now, I don’t have the $19.95 it would cost to purchase the actual results and the exact questions asked, so I’m going to have to quote their own summary.
According to the survey, 29% of respondents think we should leave Iraq “immediately”. I’m interested in seeing how the MSM spins these poll results. 20% think we should stay in Iraq “as long as they are needed”. 72% of them think that we should leave within the next year. 100% of us want to leave. I made that last one up. Hey, I believe in why we went into Iraq.
Look, this is the reality. We don’t like fighting. It’s a disgusting living. There’s no humanity in killing people. Putting a bullet through someone’s skull is a sight no one should have to see. Watching a guy disintegrate into a fine red mist of blood and chunks of meat is no substitute for being with my kids. With minor exceptions, no one likes killing people…even bad people…even terrorists. Yes, we all want them dead.
The worst thing I ever had to do in my life was explain to a six-year old why we killed his father. It wasn’t his fault. Some terrorists had hijacked their van and forced the guy at gunpoint to run our perimeter while they shot at us. Miraculously, the kids survived. Guess who had to take him to his family? I still dream about that kid. I still dream about his aunt’s reaction to the simple arrival of our HMMWV. I could go back there right now and take you straight to his house on the outskirts of Fallujah.
We don’t WANT to be there. We NEED to be there. We leave now and there will be more of these kids. I agree with these polls that we should be able to be considerably withdrawn within a year. As long as we can keep getting the Iraqi Army and Police up to speed (and eliminate the death squads), let them have their internal strife. Let them have their “civil war”. Mark my words, this is not a civil war. This is a war of meddling in another nation’s sovereignty by Iran.
I am not ashamed of what we’ve done and I’ll never apologize. Everyone seemed to agree that Saddam had to be taken care of before the Democrats realized they were in trouble when a real President finally did something about it. He didn’t resort to pinpricks of missile strikes, the military equivilent to thumbing one’s nose and shouting “nyah, nyah, nyah”.
Here’s the part that should concern people: our perception of our fellow Americans’ opinions. Asked why they think some Americans favor rapid U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, 37% of troops serving there said those Americans are unpatriotic, while 20% believe people back home donâ€™t believe a continued occupation will work. Another 16% said they believe those favoring a quick withdrawal do so because they oppose the use of the military in a pre-emptive war, while 15% said they do not believe those Americans understand the need for the U.S. troops in Iraq. The other 12% said they were just plain stupid. Okay, I added that one too.
What does all this mean? That we are free thinking people. We all have different perceptions based on our individual and collective experiences. How would I answer that question since I wasn’t interviewed. Somewhere between the 20% and the 15%. I think they have just been misled by the vocal idiots from the left and not well enough informed by our President and military leadership. That’s just MY opinion.