Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tuesday SEPTEMBER 11, 2007 Six years later and they are still out there!

A memorable day.
We have enemies out there.
Are we fighting the right ones?

In case you missed it, here are the results of a survery taken of Iraqi citizens.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Overwhelming numbers of Iraqis say the U.S. troop buildup has worsened security and the prospects for economic and political progress in their country, according to a poll released Monday that provides a strikingly bleak appraisal of the war.

Forty-seven percent want American forces and their coalition allies to leave the country immediately, the survey showed, 12 points more than said so in a March poll as the troop increase was beginning. And 57 percent - including nearly all Sunnis and half of Shiites - said they consider attacks on coalition forces acceptable, a slight increase over the past half year.

The poll, conducted by ABC News, Britain's BBC, and Japan's public broadcaster NHK, was released at the start of a critical week in the fight by Democrats trying to force President Bush to begin a withdrawal.

Seventy percent in the survey said they believe security has worsened where the added forces were sent, with another 11 percent saying the buildup has had no effect. Similar numbers said security in other parts of the country has deteriorated and that overall economic and political conditions have declined.

Only a quarter said their own communities have become safer in the past half year. Every person interviewed in Baghdad and Anbar province, a Sunni-dominated area where Bush recently visited and cited progress, said the troop increase has worsened security.

And now our death toll approaches 3,800 young men with many thousands having lasting injuries to deal with the rest of their lives. Osama still broadcasts videos and threatens us - six years later. Our elected officials seem impotent and incapable of exacting any sort of retribution or justice. The Iraqis bear the brunt of our misguided frustration and anger.

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