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    U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006

    * Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay “as long as they are needed”
    * While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy
    * Plurality believes Iraqi insurgents are mostly homegrown
    * Almost 90% think war is retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11, most don’t blame Iraqi public for insurgent attacks
    * Majority of troops oppose use of harsh prisoner interrogation
    * Plurality of troops pleased with their armor and equipment

    An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and more than one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows.

    The poll, conducted in conjunction with Le Moyne College’s Center for Peace and Global Studies, showed that 29% of the respondents, serving in various branches of the armed forces, said the U.S. should leave Iraq “immediately,” while another 22% said they should leave in the next six months. Another 21% said troops should be out between six and 12 months, while 23% said they should stay “as long as they are needed.”

    Different branches had quite different sentiments on the question, the poll shows. While 89% of reserves and 82% of those in the National Guard said the U.S. should leave Iraq within a year, 58% of Marines think so. Seven in ten of those in the regular Army thought the U.S. should leave Iraq in the next year. Moreover, about three-quarters of those in National Guard and Reserve units favor withdrawal within six months, just 15% of Marines felt that way. About half of those in the regular Army favored withdrawal from Iraq in the next six months.

    The troops have drawn different conclusions about fellow citizens back home. Asked why they think some Americans favor rapid U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, 37% of troops serving there said those Americans are unpatriotic, while 20% believe people back home don’t believe a continued occupation will work. Another 16% said they believe those favoring a quick withdrawal do so because they oppose the use of the military in a pre-emptive war, while 15% said they do not believe those Americans understand the need for the U.S. troops in Iraq.

    The wide-ranging poll also shows that 58% of those serving in country say the U.S. mission in Iraq is clear in their minds, while 42% said it is either somewhat or very unclear to them, that they have no understanding of it at all, or are unsure. While 85% said the U.S. mission is mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks,” 77% said they also believe the main or a major reason for the war was “to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq.”

    “Ninety-three percent said that removing weapons of mass destruction is not a reason for U.S. troops being there,” said Pollster John Zogby, President and CEO of Zogby International. “Instead, that initial rationale went by the wayside and, in the minds of 68% of the troops, the real mission became to remove Saddam Hussein.” Just 24% said that “establishing a democracy that can be a model for the Arab World" was the main or a major reason for the war. Only small percentages see the mission there as securing oil supplies (11%) or to provide long-term bases for US troops in the region (6%).

    The continuing insurgent attacks have not turned U.S. troops against the Iraqi population, the survey shows. More than 80% said they did not hold a negative view of Iraqis because of those attacks. About two in five see the insurgency as being comprised of discontented Sunnis with very few non-Iraqi helpers. “There appears to be confusion on this,” Zogby said. But, he noted, less than a third think that if non-Iraqi terrorists could be prevented from crossing the border into Iraq, the insurgency would end. A majority of troops (53%) said the U.S. should double both the number of troops and bombing missions in order to control the insurgency.

    The survey shows that most U.S. military personnel in-country have a clear sense of right and wrong when it comes to using banned weapons against the enemy, and in interrogation of prisoners. Four in five said they oppose the use of such internationally banned weapons as napalm and white phosphorous. And, even as more photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq surface around the world, 55% said it is not appropriate or standard military conduct to use harsh and threatening methods against insurgent prisoners in order to gain information of military value.

    Three quarters of the troops had served multiple tours and had a longer exposure to the conflict: 26% were on their first tour of duty, 45% were on their second tour, and 29% were in Iraq for a third time or more.

    A majority of the troops serving in Iraq said they were satisfied with the war provisions from Washington. Just 30% of troops said they think the Department of Defense has failed to provide adequate troop protections, such as body armor, munitions, and armor plating for vehicles like HumVees. Only 35% said basic civil infrastructure in Iraq, including roads, electricity, water service, and health care, has not improved over the past year. Three of every four were male respondents, with 63% under the age of 30.

    The survey included 944 military respondents interviewed at several undisclosed locations throughout Iraq. The names of the specific locations and specific personnel who conducted the survey are being withheld for security purposes. Surveys were conducted face-to-face using random sampling techniques. The margin of error for the survey, conducted Jan. 18 through Feb. 14, 2006, is +/- 3.3 percentage points.
    Whats beautiful about this is that the soldiers themselves said it, so FOX News immediately will not have shit to say since they cannot insult (same with SpeedRunnerX).
    Originally posted by ethan20
    There's a correlation between cervixal cancer in women and un-circumsized penises. Not to mention it almost cuts your bacteria count on the penis in half.
    Originally posted by reservoirGod
    Ethan sure does know alot about dicks

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    While 85% said the U.S. mission is mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks
    Amazing!
    "Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race."

    -Albert Einstein

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    • #3
      ^^ Americans arent ignorant. We havent spoken to every American to have ever existed in all time, so we really cant say that.
      Originally posted by ethan20
      There's a correlation between cervixal cancer in women and un-circumsized penises. Not to mention it almost cuts your bacteria count on the penis in half.
      Originally posted by reservoirGod
      Ethan sure does know alot about dicks

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      • #4
        ^ Yip, it just us buying into the stereotypes perpuated by the evil liberal media.
        "Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race."

        -Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          Ummm, I don’t like how you they get this 72% number. A fair question would be, "Should all US forces be pulled out of Iraq this year?" You’re getting the 72% number from combining the results of four different questions.

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          • #6
            SpeedRunner

            2000 POSTS

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            • #7
              ^ Speed, we've got both.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by StereoType
                Ummm, I don’t like how you they get this 72% number. A fair question would be, "Should all US forces be pulled out of Iraq this year?" You’re getting the 72% number from combining the results of four different questions.
                What? They didnt combine a damn thing. The 72% isnt a combination of every other question asked.

                An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year,

                The question is fine, it is not misleading, the numbers are there. Your brain is just stuck in a loop because you cannot:
                1) Bash the pollsters, because they are respected
                2) Blame the liberal media
                3) Blame the respondents, because that would be attacking the soldiers.

                Originally posted by SpeedRunnerx
                Peace activitsts? These are soldiers you fucking idiot. I think your being pretty disrespectful to them by insinuating they are hippie peace activitists.
                Originally posted by ethan20
                There's a correlation between cervixal cancer in women and un-circumsized penises. Not to mention it almost cuts your bacteria count on the penis in half.
                Originally posted by reservoirGod
                Ethan sure does know alot about dicks

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Caged Birds
                  ^ Speed, we've got both.
                  Go ahead and vote for democrats to your heart's content - even though they aren't anti-war and the majority are against a pull-out - they won't win and they won't win the presidency in '08. Hillary(who voted for the war and still supports it) has already announced she plans to run. Political suicide is fun to watch.
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                  Originally posted by kEgBeGgEr
                  I don't have a problem with gays, in fact I wouldn't mind sharing a room with one

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ethan20
                    Go ahead and vote for democrats to your heart's content - even though they aren't anti-war and the majority are against a pull-out - they won't win and they won't win the presidency in '08. Hillary(who voted for the war and still supports it) has already announced she plans to run. Political suicide is fun to watch.

                    lol, owned, seriously.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ethan20
                      Go ahead and vote for democrats to your heart's content - even though they aren't anti-war and the majority are against a pull-out - they won't win and they won't win the presidency in '08. Hillary(who voted for the war and still supports it) has already announced she plans to run. Political suicide is fun to watch.
                      Here's hoping that she won't win the primary. Not that it really matters since both parties agenda's are virtually identical. And while I have nothing against Hilary (other than her pandering to the try and get the republican vote, while ignoring the 79 million who didn't bother to vote) I don't believe she has a snowballs chance in hell of winning the presidency.
                      "Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race."

                      -Albert Einstein

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tricia
                        Here's hoping that she won't win the primary. Not that it really matters since both parties agenda's are virtually identical. And while I have nothing against Hilary (other than her pandering to the try and get the republican vote, while ignoring the 79 million who didn't bother to vote) I don't believe she has a snowballs chance in hell of winning the presidency.

                        She's charismatic...
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                        • #13
                          Fuck Polls...............They represent nothing period.

                          Only about one in every 20 individuals a Pollster asks an opinion from, will give him an opinion...

                          ^^ Therefore the margin for error is 95%..........Not 3-5%....

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by role model
                            She's charismatic...
                            I disagree. I think she comes across as stilted and over-rehearsed - almost like she is trying too hard.
                            "Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race."

                            -Albert Einstein

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kEgBeGgEr
                              What? They didnt combine a damn thing. The 72% isnt a combination of every other question asked.
                              An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year,
                              The question is fine, it is not misleading, the numbers are there. Your brain is just stuck in a loop because you cannot:
                              1) Bash the pollsters, because they are respected
                              2) Blame the liberal media
                              3) Blame the respondents, because that would be attacking the soldiers.
                              The poll said this…

                              “The poll, conducted in conjunction with Le Moyne College’s Center for Peace and Global Studies, showed that 29% of the respondents, serving in various branches of the armed forces, said the U.S. should leave Iraq “immediately,” while another 22% said they should leave in the next six months. Another 21% said troops should be out between six and 12 months, while 23% said they should stay “as long as they are needed.”

                              They asked four questions. They asked “immediately” “six months” “six and 12 months” and “as long as needed.” They are combining the results of those four different options to get their “less than a year” number. The question that should have been asked was, “Should all US forces be pulled out of Iraq this year, or not?” I guarantee 72% would not say yes to that question.

                              And no, I do not blame Zogby. The peace group asked the question in a slanted way.

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