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Do Americans Support an Iraq Timetable

Do You Support an Iraq Timetable?

A newly released Gallup poll shows that 60 percent of Americans now support a timetable for withdrawal from the war in Iraq. As the fifth anniversary of the start of the conflict approaches, and with the presidential candidates featuring their Iraq policy as a mainstay of their campaign messages, it's a controversial notion.

Other telling findings from the poll of just over 2,000 adults include the very evenly split answer to this question:

Is the United States more or less likely to be attacked by terrorists if the United States keeps its troops in Iraq or withdraws its troops from Iraq?

More likely if keeps: 40 percent
More likely if withdraws: 38 percent

Check out the full results of the poll, and take this opportunity to weigh in for yourself.


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stephley stephley 9 years
How is it an insult to Vietnam veterans? I guarantee you there are plenty of people making plenty of comparisons between the two wars at the Pentagon and elsewhere every day, so that they can learn what worked and what didn't work.
piper23 piper23 9 years
Ahhhh...timetables again. The timetable should be put on the Iraqi government to get their crap together. Withdrawing troops, although ideal, would be totally irresponsible at this juncture. We started this, we need to finish it. And I agree with Cakebaker, comparing this war to Vietnam is an insult to every Vietnam veteran.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
We need a pot and kettle emoticon!
stephley stephley 9 years
At what point do you feel I dissed you? I am truly sorry, I don't feel that's what these sites are for - valid discussions & disagreements, yes; personal animosity, no.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Pot, this is kettle - BLACK!
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Props to hypnotic! Great comment. I agree that any timetable will end up seeming like a broken promise to the American people, but not having one indicates a lack of good planning. I think we should have at least a basic idea for how we will withdraw from Iraq without causing further damage. I personally prefer Obama's plan, which allows for a presence there with a heavily enforced embassy, but no permanent bases, and the troops will come home very gradually, a little at a time, and they'll all be home by April 2010. I think that’s reasonable.
stephley stephley 9 years
You're a wee bit short on manners or respect for other people's opinions, aren't you?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Absolutely, the ship called the LOVVVEEEE BOAT! :love:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I am a descendant of a female pirate! Does that make me qualified to be captain of a ship? :yaar:
stephley stephley 9 years
You asked the question.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Its not up to me to decide if you pass or fail, I was merely curious. I know you'd love to drag me into this so you can tear my views apart, but I simply have a much bigger job to do and I don't feel the need to justify that to you.
stephley stephley 9 years
Not sure I feel I need to present my credentials but I come from 3 generations of military men-with attendance & graduation from military academies: West Point and the Naval Academy. Two have seen combat, one decorated twice. I grew up on Army posts in the U.S. and Europe. I was a broadcast news journalist for 20 years, including stints and NPR and 8 years with CNN - half of them on CNN International programming. Despite my deep love and respect for the men in my family, I take after a great grandmother - the suffragette who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Mother's Day Proclamation (a call for women to stop supporting war). Do I pass?
beachykeen beachykeen 9 years
I have family in iraq and afghan. and my dad was in vietnam and i have heard stories about how mean people were to my dad when they came back and I can not imagine that happening now. but i also think that we should stay to protect the innocent people over their that have been put in the middle of this
phatE phatE 9 years
cabaker! well said!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Cine - I can't believe I'm not! I mean I live this EVERY single day! Thank God Steph was here to tell me.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Vietnam War - 16 years, 58,000 dead Iraq War - 5 years, 3900 dead Yes, clearly the same war. I think its insulting to Vietnam vets to compare these two wars. What they went through was much more difficult in simple terms of military strength and battlefield strategies. Not even including the draft (which the left would love for you to believe could happen again any day, but in fact will never happen again). I will concede that yes, the wars are similiar in that they are battles between ideologies. But I will never say that fighting against communism or radical jihadism is not worth the fight. I will concede that yes, both had no exit stratgey at the begining. But we very well can't turn back time, and cashing in our chips and turning to the families of those who lost loved ones or whose loved ones were injured and telling them that it was all for nothing is not an option.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I don't know Cabaker I was under the impression that you were the only one with any family ties to the war.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Tell me about your military family or journalistic experience Steph.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Well said, stephly, well said.
stephley stephley 9 years
You may be surprised to learn that other people have 'personal investments' in this war, and have learned from being part of a military family which has sent more than one generation to recent wars. And from being a journalist. We're not all sitting around picking our noses here either. The 'we have to stay until we can guarantee that it won't end in shambles' argument was popular during Vietnam-do you recall how that ended? One way we're keeping what peace there is in Iraq is by paying various factions not to fight - and they buy weapons with our money. How long should we stay to keep them from turning those weapons against each other? News reports say the war will 12-billion dollars a month this year -how long can this country sustain that spending? The U.S. military death toll is close to 4,000; the number of seriously wounded, affected for life, is in the 10s of thousands. Thousands of Iraqi civilians are dead or maimed. Current political and military leaders thus far have ignored what many of them said was an important lesson of Vietnam - don't go in without an exit strategy. We're paying an incredibly high price waiting for them to learn that lesson again.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
Hi all, Still traveling, but should be back online this weekend. I'm am writing this on my macbook which is pulling its internet connection via my AT&T Treo..... kind of reminds me of dial-up and it is killing me!!!!! Hope all has been well!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Oh my gosh there he is!!!! :woohoo:
phatE phatE 9 years
Check out the candidates running for president.. One of them in particular is for a pretty quick withdrawal.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Yay M3!!
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
Why are people always talking about pulling out? I thought pulling out wasn't considered to be an entirely safe method?
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