Zogby: Troops want a timetable for withdrawal
So much for the right wing myth that US troops support indefinite committment in Iraq:
Most American troops in Iraq believe that the US should withdraw within the next year, according to the first poll of US military personnel in Iraq.
President George W. Bush, whose overall approval rating fell to a new low of 34 per cent this week, has repeatedly said the US would finish the mission in Iraq. But a Zogby International/Le Moyne College poll found that only 23 per cent of US troops believed that they should stay “as long as they are needed”.
br>Seventy-two per cent of troops said the US should withdraw within 12 months; 29 per cent said they should pull out immediately. [Financial Times]
Another interesting finding from the poll of 944 American military personel:
Although Mr Bush has acknowledged that Iraq played no role in September 11, 85 per cent of the troops said the US mission was mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9/11 attacks”.
The survey was conducted with the unofficial approval of the participants' military commanders and prior to the bombing of the Golden Mosque.