[A large percentage of Iraqis indicate that the surge has failed in providing security for them, want the U.S. out of there, and 60% support shooting at Americans to achieve that end.
Whatever happy news our generals plan to bring us from Iraq, the extremely negative views of us by the Iraqis tell an entirely different tale and one extremely deadly for our military forces caught in the cross-fire between Shiites and Sunnis.
Thus far this poll featured by the BBC has not turned up in our American media.Â Wonder whether it will be out shouted by the Bushies?Â I hope not.Â Too many of our good men have been sacrificed to the misbegotten Iraq venture while the real home of the al Qaeda lies somewhere between Pakistan and Afghanistan -- both now unraveling during our Iraq diversion.
We are fighting the wrong battles in the wrong place at the wrong time.
May we awake before it is too late.Â Ed Kent]
* US surge has failed – Iraqi poll *
Most Iraqis think the recent US troop surge has failed, a new BBC/ABC opinion poll across Iraq suggests.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
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