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New Poll Shows Majority Want Immediate Iraq Troop Withdrawal

New Poll Shows Majority Want Immediate Iraq Troop Withdrawal
Zogby poll shows many more likely to vote for an anti-war candidate willing to bring troops home now

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
November 19, 2007

A Zogby poll commissioned by Alex Jones Productions has revealed that the majority of Americans are more likely to vote for a candidate who wants to begin an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

A total of 1009 people were asked the following question:

Which candidate are you more likely to vote for – a candidate who is opposed to the Iraq War and wants to begin an immediate withdrawal from Iraq or a candidate who wants to stay the course in Iraq?

Over 49% said they were more likely to vote for a candidate who would begin immediate withdrawal, compared to just under 41% who said they would vote for staying the course and around 10% who were not sure.

The full break down of the results from the poll is as follows

The 1009 people who took part in the poll were taken from two different categories of age groups consisting of 4 and 5 different age ranges respectively, ensuring an overall view representative of all voters in America.

Given that Ron Paul is the only Republican to oppose the war and advocate an immediate withdrawal of troops this indicates he is clearly the most popular GOP candidate on this issue. Furthermore, given that none of the Democrat front runners have advocated an immediate troop withdrawal, Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate who could possibly win more votes than them on this issue.

However, corporate media talking heads and neocon bloggers continue to suggest Ron Paul’s policies represent “the fringe view” in America.

The Zogby poll echoes the results of previous polls this year that have all shown the majority oppose the war and want immediate withdrawal.

A Pew Research Center poll last month revealed that 54% said they advocated bringing troops home as soon as possible. A September CBS News Poll found that 49% wanted troops to remain in Iraq for less than one more year, while a CNN poll in the same month found that 54% wanted an immediate withdrawal.

Almost all polls commissioned this year have revealed that the vast majority of Americans oppose the war and its handling by the Bush administration with figures ranging from 60-70% in most cases.

 

15,000 or More US Deaths in Iraq War?

Counter Punch
November 18, 2007

The Pentagon has been concealing the true number of American casualties in the Iraq War. The real number exceeds 15,000 and CBS News can prove it.

CBS’s Investigative Unit wanted to do a report on the number of suicides in the military and “submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Defense”. After 4 months they received a document which showed–that between 1995 and 2007– there were 2,200 suicides among “active duty” soldiers.

Baloney.

The Pentagon was covering up the real magnitude of the “suicide epidemic”. Following an exhaustive investigation of veterans’ suicide data collected from 45 states; CBS discovered that in 2005 alone “there were at least 6,256 among those who served in the armed forces. That’s 120 each and every week in just one year.” That is not a typo. Active and retired military personnel, mostly young veterans between the ages of 20 to 24, are returning from combat and killing themselves in record numbers. We can assume that “multiple-tours of duty” in a war-zone have precipitated a mental health crisis of which the public is entirely unaware and which the Pentagon is in total denial.

If we add the 6,256 suicide victims from 2005 to the “official” 3,865 reported combat casualties; we get a sum of 10,121. Even a low-ball estimate of similar 2004 and 2006 suicide figures, would mean that the total number of US casualties from the Iraq war now exceed 15,000.

That’s right; 15,000 dead US servicemen and women in a war that–as yet–has no legal or moral justification.

CBS interviewed Dr. Ira Katz, the head of mental health at the Department of Veteran Affairs. Katz attempted to minimize the surge in veteran suicides saying, “There is no epidemic of suicide in the VA, but suicide is a major problem.”

Maybe Katz is right. Maybe there is no epidemic. Maybe it’s perfectly normal for young men and women to return from combat, sink into inconsolable depression, and kill themselves at greater rates than they were dying on the battlefield. Maybe it’s normal for the Pentagon to abandon them as soon as soon they return from their mission so they can blow their brains out or hang themselves with a garden hose in their basement. Maybe it’s normal for politicians to keep funding wholesale slaughter while they brush aside the casualties they have produced by their callousness and lack of courage. Maybe it is normal for the president to persist with the same, bland lies that perpetuate the occupation and continue to kill scores of young soldiers who put themselves in harm’s-way for their country.

It’s not normal; it’s is a pandemic—an outbreak of despair which is the natural corollary of living in constant fear; of seeing one’s friends being dismembered by roadside bombs or children being blasted to bits at military checkpoints or finding battered bodies dumped on the side of a riverbed like a bag of garbage.

The rash of suicides is the logical upshot of the U.S. war on Iraq. Returning soldiers are traumatized by their experience and now they are killing themselves in droves. Maybe we should have thought about that before we invaded.

Murtha Two Years Ago Today: Bush’s Iraq Course Is ‘Flawed Policy Wrapped In Illusion’
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/11/17/murtha-vindicated/

 


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