Guess who wants us to leave Iraq...
An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and more than one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows.Of course, this same poll also says:
While 85% [of the troops surveyed] 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.”When I read stuff like this, I want to scream in exasperation. 85%?!?! Clearly, they think Saddam had a major role in the 9-11 attacks! My God. (No, that it not a renunciation of my atheism, merely “rhetorical deism”.) This is simply not true, though it seems some 30% of Americans continue to believe it. And the notion of Hussien protecting Al Qaeda is rather far-fetched. “Al-Qaeda was strongly opposed to the secular regime of Saddam Hussein” according to wikipedia’s Al-Qaeda entry. Why on earth would one of the world’s most paranoid dictators give shelter and comfort to a violent organization that hated him? Of course, after the first Gulf War, they did hate us more, and conservatives are constantly pointing to the tenuous contacts between the Saddam and Al Qaeda that do turn up (and you can rest assured the Bush administration has looked into every possibility). But I think it is far more likely that he was attempting to keep tabs on a potential threat, rather than conspiring with them.
Of course, if troops think our role was to retaliate against Saddam for 9-11, no wonder they want to leave. Saddam has been captured. Job done. Let’s go.
When contemplating the fantasy universe we seem to inhabit on this subject, my head spins and my heart sinks.