Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Disconnect on Iraq; Where is Green?

George Bush acknowledges our psyche is strained, but insists we stay the course:
Bush Says Iraq Pullout Would Be 'A Disaster'
President Acknowledges A Strain on U.S. 'Psyche'

By Michael A. Fletcher and Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writers

President Bush laid down an impassioned defense of his Iraq policy yesterday, saying the United States must stay in the fight despite an escalating death toll, increasing calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and growing public sentiment against the war.

While acknowledging that raging sectarian violence and mounting U.S. casualties in Iraq are "straining the psyche of our country," Bush said that withdrawing U.S. troops before the nation is stabilized would be disastrous.
How big is that strain on the psyche?

A CBS poll has disapproval on Bush handling of Iraq at 66%. And it's not just partisan. Among independents, 28% support him, 68% oppose.

How out of touch is the GOP on Iraq? 31 point spread with independents.

A CNN poll asking simply, ""Do you favor or oppose the U.S. war with Iraq?" is 61-35 opposed. Polling Report has details.

So what does Congressman Mark Green, who formed the Victory in Iraq caucus in Congress, think about the war? Is it irrelevant because he's running for governor? I don't think so. I think it speaks volumes about his judgment and priorities. He's understandably reticent and won't speak up. Perhaps someone should ask him.


At 3:32 PM, Blogger badgervan said...

Green has blindly backed bush for many years now - on every issue that I can think of. For Green to come out now against bush's little Iraqi adventure/"spreading of democracy" would be the height of hypocrisy.
Of course, hypocrisy doesn't seem to bother the current crop of repub candidates - another good reason to wish them all bon voyage in November.


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