Americans and Iraq

From Rasmussen:

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Kentucky voters want the U.S. troops out of Iraq within a year. That figure is close to the national average and includes 22% who want the troops withdrawn immediately. Thirty-seven percent (37%) want the troops to remain until the mission in Iraq has been accomplished.

I was asked a lot in Spain about Iraq and why Americans continued to support Bush. I told them that Bush was at 25% in the polls, that Americans thought Iraq was pretty much lost, but that they feared withdrawing troops immediately. But, there was one other point I made, and it’s a point not shown in this poll. Americans want us to start withdrawing troops “next year.” The problem is that every time Americans are polled they don’t want to start withdrawing until “next year.” And by the time next year rolls around, Americans still put off the withdrawal until the NEXT year.

There’s almost a cognitive dissonance going on in the American mind. And that kind of dissonance is no longer acceptable. Any American who insists that we not begin a withdrawal until “next year” is taking ownership of this war this year. Then again, it’s easy to put off a decision on Iraq until next year when the only “war” sacrifice most Americans (other than the troops and their families) are making is not being able to bring lipstick in their carry-on.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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