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Poll Finds U.S. Troops in Iraq Urge Pullout
A poll of U.S. troops currently serving in Iraq—reportedly the first of its kind—shows that 72% advocate a U.S. pullout within a year, with only 23% for staying as long ”as necessary,” reports Nicholas Kristof in his New York Times column today. Some 29% urge withdrawal “immediately.”
Kristof recently came out for setting a deadline for withdrawal at the end of next year.
The poll of 944 service members was conducted by Zogby International and LeMoyne College. Recent Gallup and CBS News polls have shown that most Americans at home also advocate the beginning of a pullout.
Asked what it would take to “control the insurgency,” those surveyed strongly suggest that it would take doubling the number of ground troops and bombing missions. But as Kristof points out, this is not going to happen at this point. The message he takes from this: “they believe this war to be unwinnable.”
Further findings: only 26% percent of the U.S. troops say that the insurgency would end if foreign fighters could be kept out.