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Iraqi wishes

June 27, 2006

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To the editor:

In a recent USA Today/ CNN/Gallup Poll (the most extensive to date), only a third of the Iraqi people now believe that the American-led occupation of their country is helping; 80 percent of Shiites and Sunnis describe U.S. forces as "occupying" Iraq rather than "liberating" it; and a solid majority of Iraqis support an immediate military pullout, even though they fear that could put them in greater danger. High officials in the elected Iraq government are also on record saying they want us to pull out.

Bush has spoken over and over and over about how we are spreading democracy in Iraq. If this illegal war is not actually about oil, feeding the huge defense industry or creating wonderful opportunities for graft, corruption and outrageous profits in Halliburton-like corporations, we should soon see this administration promote a plan to honor the stated wishes of this sovereign country and bring our troops home. Is anyone else holding their breath?

Daniel Patrick Schamle,

Lawrence

Comments

blessed3x 8 years, 5 months ago

From CNN

"BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Nearly half the Iraqis polled in a survey conducted primarily in March and early April said they believed the U.S.-led war had done more harm than good, but 61 percent of respondents said Saddam Hussein's ouster made it worth any hardships."

"Forty-two percent said Iraq was better off because of the war, while 39 percent said it was worse off. Given the sampling error, those figures indicated a dead heat. "

"On a personal level, Iraqis appeared more optimistic, according to the poll. More than half of those surveyed -- 51 percent -- said they and their families were better off than they were before the invasion, while 25 percent said they were worse off. "

Jamesaust 8 years, 5 months ago

"In a recent USA Today/ CNN/Gallup Poll ..."

Apparently, we're all supposed to be idiots.

Here, the USA Today story from this poll: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-04-28-poll-cover_x.htm

I direct viewer to the date -- April 28, 2004!

Or perhaps the author has a Clintonian definition of "recent."

"...the states wishes of a sovereign country..."

Iraq has an elected prime minister. He's even interviewed on American television from time-to-time. I ask again: does the author think we're all idiots? when exactly has this Iraqi government stated its "wish" that they be left to their own war of all-against-all?

(Perhaps the author has misinterpreted the Augustinian hedge - Make me chaste, O Lord, but not yet - for an Iraqi wish for troops to leave just in a few weeks (months) (years) later when things have calmed down.)

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 5 months ago

We are to busy getting shot and blown up to be of any help.

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