Troop Poll Not the Bombshell of Media Spin
A poll to be released today shows that U.S. soldiers overwhelmingly want out of Iraq — and soon.
Kristof: Poll Finds U.S. Troops in Iraq Urge Pullout
In looking at the poll's executive summary (yeah, I paid $19.99 for it on zogby's site), the question and results are broken down as follows:
How long should U.S. troops stay in Iraq?
"They should withdraw immediately" - 29.0%
"They should withdraw within the next six months" - 22.4%
"They should withdraw within six to twelve months" - 20.6%
"They should stay as long as they are needed" - 22.9%
"Not sure" - 5.0%
Why is it safe to assume this? The very next survey question sheds some light:
"According to recent polls, about half of Americans favor a rapid withdrawal and half favor an open-ended occupation of Iraq. Which do you believe best describes the motives of those favoring rapid withdrawal?"
In fact, further down in Zogby's report comes this little nugget:
A majority of troops (53%) said the U.S. should double both the number of troops and bombing missions in order to control the insurgency.Wait... I thought the troops were "urging pullout"... So we're to believe they are "urging pullout" and simultaneously want to double the number troops? What sense does that make?
This further supports my theory that the responses to the question about how long troops should stay in Iraq were based more on the actual military plans as than on the desire of a bunch of brave men and women crying to go home.
Another interesting tidbit we're likely never to see in the MSM:
A large majority of the troops serving in Iraq said they were satisfied with the war provisions from Washington (adequate troop protection; body armor; Humvee plating, munitions).In fact, only about 30% said their equipment is not adequate for the jobs facing them. So much for those media-planted mutinies.