According to a poll of Military Times readers, support for President Bush's leadership as commander-in-chief and support for the war in Iraq is dropping among the U.S. military. Over the course of the last year, support for the Iraq War dropped 9 percent, and barely a majority, 54 percent, view the commander-in-chief's performance as positive.
Losing the support
of active duty military could be the final straw for President Bush in
Iraq. Already, the foreign policy establishment -- former military, former
intelligence officials and former foreign service officers -- have
publicly expressed their opposition to the war.
Gold Star families
who have lost loved
currently serving, and Iraq War
veterans are speaking out
against the war.
And, there have been increasing cases of
soldiers refusing to return to Iraq.
In addition, the military has been unable to meet its recruitment goals.
In reality support for the war and support for the President is probably even lower as this poll probably skews the results in favor of the President for several reasons. First the surveys respondents are on average older, more experienced, more likely to be officers and more career-oriented than the military population. Second, respondents were reluctant to express even anonymous opinions about the commander-in-chief or his policies. About one in five refused to say whether they approved of the president’s performance on Iraq or overall. “That’s my boss,” Army Lt. Col. Earnestine Beatty said in a follow-up interview to Military Times.
The views expressed in the military come at a time when questions are being raised in Congress. Rep. John Murtha -- a very strong supporter of the military in Congress and a highly decorated Marine Corps veteran of 37 years -- has not only called for withdrawal from Iraq but told Nightline, in a show aired on January 2, that he would not join the military today and agreed that the average guy would be justified in not wanting to serve.
All this shows serious problems for the U.S. military -- problems that will worsen every day the United States stays in Iraq.
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