It’s Bush, Not Kerry, That The Troops Really Dislike

The right wing bloggers have had to resort to falsely claiming that Kerry’s joke about Bush was about the troops and fabricating a story that the troops were avoiding Kerry in Iraq by using a photo of Kerry giving a private newspaper interview in order to claim that Kerry and the troops did not like each other. The reality is that the troops are increasingly opposing George Bush’s policies. Military Times reports:

The American military — once a staunch supporter of President Bush and the Iraq war — has grown in creasingly pessimistic about chances for victory.

For the first time, more troops disapprove of the president’s han dling of the war than approve of it. Barely one-third of service members approve of the way the president is handling the war, ac cording to the 2006 Military Times Poll.

When the military was feeling most optimistic about the war — in 2004 — 83 percent of poll re spondents thought success in Iraq was likely. This year, that number has shrunk to 50 percent.

Only 35 percent of the military members polled this year said they approve of the way President Bush is handling the war, while 42 percent said they disapproved. The president’s approval rating among the military is only slight ly higher than for the population as a whole. In 2004, when his popularity peaked, 63 percent of the military approved of Bush’s handling of the war. While ap proval of the president’s war lead ership has slumped, his overall approval remains high among the military.

Just as telling, in this year’s poll only 41 percent of the military said the U.S. should have gone to war in Iraq in the first place, down from 65 percent in 2003. That closely reflects the beliefs of the general population today — 45 percent agreed in a recent USA Today/Gallup poll.

Professor David Segal, director of the Center for Research on Mil itary Organization at the Univer sity of Maryland, was not sur prised by the changing attitude within the military.

“They’re seeing more casualties and fatalities and less progress,” Segal said.

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    father says:

    george bush is the worst president this country has ever had. He is so stupid …there is not words for it. I feel sorry for Yale………..

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    father says:

    This year the body count is 2998. I could be off due to time. But one must question,What will the body count be next year? Will the weapons of mass destruction ever be found, will the first invasion in american history to establish democracy ever be firmly secured or will he come up with another excruciating lame excuse. Don’t forget the cost 1/2 Trillion dollars. What side is george on, obviously not ours,his stuborn attitude is simular too….Ho, they just hung him.. Congress could stop some of these problems if they really had us in mine not their pockets. Don’t forget the illegal aliens, they could bring a hydrogen bomb into this country since we have no establishe borders.

    If you come to texas bring a gun you will need it. Those illegals looking for work will hurt you!

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