Most U.S. Soldiers Oppose The War

Today we have a guest post from Peace Tree contributing author, Progressive American.

Most U.S. Soldiers Oppose The War
by Progressive American

I heard part of The Sean Hannity Show a few nights ago. Sean and a caller were discussing what would happen if the media would start interviewing the troops. They actually believed that the troops would show support for the war in Iraq. That is completely wrong. When I heard this, I was infuriated. After hearing right-wingers make this ridiculous claim over and over again, I knew that I had to do this post to tell you what soldiers really have to go through and what they really think about the war. It isn't the wonderful world that right-wingers make it out to be. Here is the truth...

The fact of the matter is that the most recent poll of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, conducted by Le Moyne College/Zogby International, concluded that 72 percent think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year. That is not support. Soldiers have even started signing petitions to be brought back home. And who can blame them? They are not stupid. They know that this war is wrong, unjustified, and not getting America anywhere. U.S. Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada was the very first commissioned officer to publicly speak against deployment to Iraq. “It is my conclusion as an officer of the Armed Forces that the war in Iraq is not only morally wrong but a horrible breach of American law. As the order to take part in an illegal act is ultimately unlawful as well, I must, as an officer of honor and integrity refuse that order,” he said.

Nearly every soldier that I have ever seen or heard interviewed has spoken against the war. There is one reason for this-- THE TROOPS DO NOT SUPPORT THE WAR IN IRAQ! The fact that 72% of "our boys" are against the war should be enough to tell you that. So Sean, don't try to tell me that the results would be on your side if the media would interview the troops. That is impossible and couldn't happen unless Fox News is the one doing the reporting. Which goes to say that no honest News source could truthfully report that our troops are for this war.

But Sean and his entire audience of sheep can ignore plain facts about our troops' blatant opposition of the war if they want to. I just hope they remember that nearly 3,000 of our troops are dead because of the Iraq war. With that many dead, Bush is just as much of a threat to American lives as the terrorists on September 11th were.

How many more lives will we have to lose? Rumsfeld has given the order for about 57,000 more troops to go to Iraq in early 2007. If we have come this far and have accomplished nothing, why can't people see that continuing this war will not accomplish anything either? This has got to stop. Most Americans agree. The main reason Bush's approval rate is only 31% is because most Americans disapprove of the Iraq war.

Plus, has anyone heard about the terrible conditions that our troops have to live in? My aunt's brother is a soldier who is currently stationed in Baghdad (the most dangerous place in Iraq). His unit is living in an abandoned warehouse or something. During a conversation over the Internet, she asked him if it was really as bad over there as it is being reported on the news. He told her that it is actually worse for the soldiers than the news reports. He told her that the abandoned building in which his unit stays has not heating or running water.

He also told her that the only food he had for a few days was chicken that one of his fellow soldiers walked three miles to and back for and paid for with his own money. His unit has been without food for days at a time. Why is our government not providing our troops with food?

No heat, no running water, and no food. Something doesn't seem right. These great men and women are putting their lives on the line, the least the government could do is provide them with food. And it's going to get cold this winter-- why should they have to go without some kind of heating? I bet they would love a shower too but that doesn't look like it's gonna happen.


Visit Progressive American at his home blog.

Help support the Soldiers who oppose this war at Iraq Veterans Against the War

Peace y'all


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