An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and nearly 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.”
The Democrats who have advocated a timetable for withdrawal have been vilified by Republicans. The fact that American soldiers also favor a timetable should provide Democrats political cover and allow them to turn up the rhetoric. How can anyone question the patriotism of the patriots??
The poll also found that members of the National Guard were more apt to prefer withdraw, as opposed to regular soldiers like the Marines. This finding is hardly surprising, given the Pentagon's misuse of National Guard forces to fill the gaps for an over extended military.