The findings completely contradict the balderdash about soldiers' sentiments being spewed by the Bush Administration, congressional war boosters, cowardly editorialists, and oppponents of the Wisconsin troop withdrawal movement. Some key findings:
- 29% of troops believe the US should leave Iraq immediately.
- 22% said the US should leave Iraq within the next six months.
- 21% said the US should leave between 6 and 12 months.
- 23% said the US should stay "as long as they are needed."
That means 72% of US troops believe the US should leave Iraq within a year.
The majority of troop withdrawal referendums on Wisconsin ballots urge the US to begin an immediate withdrawal from Iraq beginning with the Reserves and National Guard. According to the poll, 89% of reserves and 82% of National Guard believe the US should leave Iraq within a year.
These findings demonstrate that the "Vote No" pro-war hawks opposing the Wisconsin referendums, many of them chickenhawks, have been engaging in wildly inaccurate and unethical smears of those who want the troops home. As noted by John Nichols in today's Cap Times: " . . . despite the fact that some of the most conservative members of the Republican caucus in the U.S. House have split with the Bush-Cheney administration and endorsed efforts to bring the troops home, the list of reasons to vote no makes repeated references to the need to counter 'the anti-military Left,' 'the extreme Left,' 'the Radical Left' and the 'Left wing of the Democrat Party.'" Are the 72% of American troops who want troops home within a year part of some Left conspiracy? Are the 29% of soldiers courageous enough to tell a pollster they want immediate withdrawal (and you know that many more feel that way but fear a backlash if they say it) part of some Left conspiracy?
President Bush should listen to conservative icon Bill Buckley. The founder of National Review now says this: "One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. "