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January 03, 2006

The Left's disconnect with the Military

Victory! That is what many Democrats are claiming from a new poll that Michelle Malkin is looking into.
A new Military Times poll is being gleefully spun by the moonbats as proof that President Bush has lost the support of our troops.
Approval of the president's Iraq policy fell 9 percentage points from 2004, according to the survey. But despite the relentless anti-war drumbeat of the MSM and the Dems, our troops still support President Bush--and his handling of the war in Iraq--by large margins.
Support for President Bush is at 56% among those polled and 73% think that the U.S. is "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to suceed in Iraq. These numbers must throw a wrench in the idea that the military is very stronly in support of the War in Iraq. Or are they?
Reader Tom B. writes: "Michelle - Don't know if you caught this: But the first question on the poll shows that the majority of respondants to the Military Times poll have not even deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan."
Wait, is Michelle trying to tell us that this poll was biased? It can't be! Members of the mainstream media would never use their influence to provide inaccurate information, would they?

Yet, many opposed to the war will still cite these numbers, believing that they will only help those in Iraq by keeping the soldiers out of harms way. Mrs Greyhawk believes otherwise, citing a poem written by Russ Vaughn of the 2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Osama and his minions know,
In combat they can't beat us;
So they hope and pray will come a day,
Our own media will defeat us.

Ignoring all the good we've done,
Liberals focus on the gore,
On losses mounting and body counting,
To prove we've lost this war.
The Internet’s exposed them,
As elitist media liars;
They stand unclothed and widely loathed,
Our foe's force multipliers.

Some day when all our troops return,
With Iraq on freedom's path,
The liberal elite who sought defeat,
May face some Righteous wrath.
The United States military takes a very real hit when they hear criticism from home, even when they see exactly what is unfolding before them.

And it is not just directed towards those in the military, but those who may be considering a future in the armed forces, and, ironically, by a United States Congressman.
"Would you join (the military) today?," he was asked in an interview taped on Friday.

"No," replied Murtha of Pennsylvania, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees defense spending and one of his party's leading spokesmen on military issues.
Yeah, that is a great attitude to convey to those who are willing to protect our country. McQ puts it best.
They've always stood up and done the dirty (and necessary) work of democracy. But the vast majority did what had to be done instead of whining like old women and warning others away from future service in the military.

Yet, even with these challenges, the military appears to have a lot of faith in our current Commander in Chief and even more that we will suceed in Iraq. The American people do not look at soldiers as heels deserving of being spat on, but as heroes worthy of grand returns and warm thanks. Personally, it scares me to think of our country having a minimalized military, and I know it is incredibly trying to spend one's life in the military; I suspect the same holds true for much of the United States, which overwhelmingly supports our men and women in uniform. For these reasons, defeatists are an irony unto themselves; they will not suceed in demoralizing our troops, our heroes.