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More Repubs Bail on Bush’s Iraq War as Poll Shows All Time Low in Support for War

by Pamela Leavey

More Republicans bailed on Bush’s Iraq War on Tuesday as a new poll showed an all time low in support for the war from the American public.

Public support for the war in Iraq has fallen to a new low. Not only that, but Republican support is beginning to waver.


But the public is already making an assessment, and it’s not good. In the latest CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday, 69 percent of those polled believe things are going badly in Iraq. Seventeen percent think the situation is improving.

Thirty percent of Americans polled say they favor the war, the lowest level of support on record. Two-thirds are opposed.

Anti-war sentiment among Republican poll respondents has suddenly increased with 38 percent of Republicans now saying they oppose the war.

Moreover, 63 percent of Americans are ready to withdraw at least some troops from Iraq. Forty-two percent of Republicans agree.

Fifty-four percent of Americans do not believe U.S. action in Iraq is morally justified. (Read the complete poll results document — PDF)

The N.Y. Times reports that “After offering a bleak assessment of the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq, Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said today that he was urging lawmakers and President Bush to change course quickly to protect a further erosion of America’s standing in the world.”

And then Republican Senator George Voinovich said Tuesday “the U.S. should begin pulling troops out of Iraq, joining Richard Lugar as the second Republican lawmaker in as many days to suggest President Bush’s war strategy is failing.”

He said the Iraqi people must become more involved and “I don’t think they’ll get it until they know we’re leaving.”

ABC News reports that “Lugar and Voinovich said they were still not ready to insist on a timetable for withdrawal,” however, “they both made it clear their patience was gone.”

Welcome to reality in America Senators, some Democrats in the Senate, lole John Kerry, have been light years ahead of you on this issue and some Republicans have had the courage to say “Kerry Was Right” on Iraq. The majority lost patience a long time ago. It’s time, long past time, to bring the troops home. Geez… Crittenden is crying in his soup putting the blame on everyone but the fool that got us into this mess.

The WaPo weighs in saying, “Key Republican senators, signaling increasing GOP skepticism about President Bush’s strategy in Iraq, have called for a reduction in U.S. forces and launched preemptive efforts to counter a much-awaited administration progress report due in September.”

In an unannounced speech on the Senate floor Monday night, Sen. Richard G. Lugar (Ind.), the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said the U.S. military escalation begun in the spring has “very limited” prospects for success. He called on Bush to begin reducing U.S. forces. “We don’t owe the president our unquestioning agreement,” Lugar said.

Robert Stein notes on Connecting the Dots on the Iraq mess: “Our young people there are in harm’s way without knowing who’s who or what they can do to quell violence from too many sources to keep track of in a land of “shifting alliances, missed opportunities and lives ended in murky circumstances.””

It’s time, long past time, to bring the troops home.

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