Famously non-partisan Washington Post and ABC News (ha-ha-ha) have put together a new poll that shows some curious findings. Americans are skeptical - if not cynical - about the war in Iraq.
From NewsMax (edited for space):
The survey found that Americans continue to rank Iraq second only to the economy in importance -- and that many are losing patience with the enterprise.
Nearly three-quarters say the number of casualties is unacceptable, two-thirds say the U.S. military is bogged down, and nearly six in 10 say the war was not worth fighting.
More than four in 10 think the U.S. presence in Iraq is becoming analogous to the experience in Vietnam.
52 percent said war in Iraq has not contributed to the long-term security of the United States, while 47 percent said it has.
52 percent disapprove of how Bush is handling his job, the highest of his presidency. 56 percent disapproved of Republicans in Congress, and an identical proportion disapproved of Democrats.
There are a few options in explaining this poll:
1. The questions were misleading to produce the desired "hate Bush" result for which the WP and ABC are well known.
2. The Old Media is still relatively successful in producing "hate Bush" newscasts that totally ignore the good news.
3. History education is so inept at this country that citizens have no idea what an ugly war looks like.
The Vietnam War killed tens of thousands more military than the war in Iraq. We just celebrated the D-Day invasion - a single event that killed more Allied forces than the US has lost in the war in Iraq.
As far as daily attacks on our troops - Saddam attacked our pilots over the no-fly zone daily, but the Old Media never cared enough to report the situation. Of course, there was a Dem in the White House at the time....
It's time for some perspective.