Support For War Highest Since 2006– Except Among Lunatics
TWO AMERICA’S INDEED—
The Support for the Iraq War effort is at the highest level since 2006…
Except among raging liberals who see America as an imperialistic dominating regime.
As seen at Memeorandum this morning:
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David Paul Kuhn at The Politico reported this morning that a majority of Americans believe the US will succeed in Iraq:
American public support for the military effort in Iraq has reached a high point unseen since the summer of 2006, a development that promises to reshape the political landscape.
According to late February polling conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 53 percent of Americans — a slim majority — now believe “the U.S. will ultimately succeed in achieving its goals” in Iraq. That figure is up from 42 percent in September 2007.
The percentage of those who believe the war in Iraq is going “very well” or “fairly well” is also up, from 30 percent in February 2007 to 48 percent today.
But, not everyone feels that way.
Not every American supports the War in Iraq, the troops in Iraq, or even the US.
Kenneth Thiesen wrote this commentary at The Berkeley Daily Planet today:
In the recent political battle around the Marine recruiting station in Berkeley there has been much confusion around the concept or slogan of “supporting the troops,” but opposing the unjust wars of the Bush regime. Many who oppose the Bush regime wars also say they “support the troops.” Let me say it straight out—I do not support the troops and neither should you. It is objectively impossible to support the troops of the imperialist military forces of the U.S. and at the same time oppose the wars in which they fight.
The United States has over 700 military bases or sites located in over 130 foreign countries. The hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in these countries are not there to preserve or foster freedom and democracy as the Bush regime would like to claim, but to maintain U.S. imperialist domination of the world. The United States now spends more on its military than all the other nations of the world combined.
If you “support the troops” in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the other more than 100 countries in which they are located, you also objectively support U.S. hegemony in the world. I believe that the vast majority of people who say they support the troops do not wish to support U.S. imperialism, but that is what they are really doing by putting forth the slogan of “support the troops.”
We need to oppose the recruitment of men and women into the military. We need to support resisters within the military who have realized what they are doing and now choose to resist the role of the U.S. military. This includes people such as Lt. Ehren Watada who refused to deploy to Iraq. Watada stated, “Never did I imagine my president would lie to go to war, condone torture, spy on Americans…” He was the first officer to refuse to go to Iraq and he was court-martialed. Another resister is Camilo Mejia. In 2004 Sergeant Mejia was sentenced to one year in prison when he was court-martialed for refusing to assist the military in Iraq. Mejia said, “I am only a regular person that got tired of being afraid to follow his own conscience. For far too long I allowed others to direct my actions even when I knew that they were wrong….”
We need to expose that those in the U.S. military are trained to be part of a “killing machine.”
Obviously, not everyone supports the troops.
Chicago Boyz want to know if the Democratic candidates for president will denounce this military-hating rhetoric coming from their party’s base?
Jules Crittenden notes as violence goes down there is a simultaneous increase in “yeah but” reporting.
UPDATE: In related news Harvard University of all places published a report this week that concludes that the antiwar media has helped the terrorist organizations who want to end our modern ways or kill us all.