From the WASHINGTON POST...
Democrats fumed last week at Vice President Cheney's suggestion that criticism of the administration's war policies was itself becoming a hindrance to the war effort. But a new poll indicates most Americans are sympathetic to Cheney's point.
Seventy percent of people surveyed said that criticism of the war by Democratic senators hurts troop morale -- with 44 percent saying morale is hurt "a lot," according to a poll taken by RT Strategies. Even self-identified Democrats agree: 55 percent believe criticism hurts morale, while 21 percent say it helps morale.
The results surely will rankle many Democrats, who argue that it is patriotic and supportive of the troops to call attention to what they believe are deep flaws in President Bush's Iraq strategy. But the survey itself cannot be dismissed as a partisan attack. The RTs in RT Strategies are Thomas Riehle, a Democrat, and Lance Tarrance, a veteran GOP pollster.
Their poll also indicates many Americans are skeptical of Democratic complaints about the war. Just three of 10 adults accept that Democrats are leveling criticism because they believe this will help U.S. efforts in Iraq. A majority believes the motive is really to "gain a partisan political advantage."
This poll is one of the few pieces of supportive news the administration has had lately on Iraq. Most surveys have shown significant majorities believe it was a mistake to go to war, as well as rising sentiment that Bush misled Americans in making the case for it.
Even so, there is still support for Bush's policy going forward. A plurality, 49 percent, believe that troops should come home only when the Iraqi government can provide for its own security, while 16 percent support immediate withdrawal, regardless of the circumstances.
Oh, and the demographics? They look solid! You can download a pdf copy for yourself by clicking HERE!
Gee, I wonder why that immediate withdrawal proposal the Republicans cleverly put forth a-week-and-a-half ago went down 403-3 in the House? Or why Pelosi supposedly goaded Murtha into making his "stand" in the first place? Could the Dems be sensing that their precious "Bush lied, kids died" meme is going down in flames faster than the Hindenburg???
Could we PLEASE now quit trying to see to it that we lose the War in Iraq to hurt Bush? I know getting Bush at all costs is the most important thing in the world (even beating out breathing, eating and sleeping for many leftwing imbeciles out there), but what do you say we let our Armed Forces WIN the damned the war now and fight it out over other issues?
Your move, Dhimmis...
Thanks for the link!