Sunday, January 21, 2007

Mark Steyn on the new Iraq poll...

Mark Steyn's new column is up in the Chicago Sun Times. He addresses Obama, the new Iraq plan (and the lack of support for it) and poll numbers on whether Americans want their own troops to win. Some excerpts:

"Do you personally want the Iraq plan President Bush announced last week to succeed?"

And here's how the American people answered: 63 percent said yes, 22 percent said no, 15 percent said they didn't know.

Let me see if I understand that. For four years, regardless of this or
that position on the merits of the war, almost everybody has claimed to
"support our troops.'' Some of us have always thought that ''supporting
the troops'' while not supporting them in their mission is not entirely
credible. But here we have 37 percent of the American people actually
urging defeat on them. They ''support our troops'' by wanting them to
This isn't a question about whether you think the plan will work,
but whether you want
it to work. And nearly 40 percent of respondents either don't know or
are actively rooting for failure. Which is to say: more dead American
troops and more dead Iraqi civilians. Asked whether they want the surge
to succeed, 34 percent of Democrats answered ''No,'' and so did 19
percent of independents and 11 percent of Republicans. What were the
numbers like for D-Day?

/>Hmm. A fairly daunting statistic, no?

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