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Polls: withdraw when?


Eli Stephens

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In discussing the latest polls showing 59% of Americans want U.S. troops withdrawn from
Iraq "as soon as possible," I expressed skepticism that that many people
really agreed with me that "as soon as possible" means "now", and
frustration at the use of a simple two-option poll.

Now comes this British
poll LINK which offers
three options: withdraw "immediately," "set a firm date,", or withdraw "only
when Iraqi security forces were ready to take over." In this poll, which I
consider more reasonable, there were still a solid 31% (essentially
one-third) of Britons supporting the "immediate" option, with another 23%
backing the "firm date" option.

As I have said before, I consider the fact
that one-third of Britons (and, let's postulate, Americans) support
"immediate" withdrawal even though no politicians in any positions of power,
nor any significant news media (I think that's also true in Britain,
although I could be wrong), support that position, is nothing short of
astonishing. Just imagine what the level of opposition might be if one-third
of the people on talk shows and one-third of the columnists were advocating
immediate withdrawal. As if.

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