Q&A Friday #57: There Is No Such Thing As A Decent American Who Wants Us To Fail In Iraq

Question: “I have learned an enormous amount from you since 9/11 and have come to understand, as a Canadian/born in Britain something about your nation. I am gobsmacked by the folks in that Fox poll who “don’t know” their wishes for the outcome of the new policy in Iraq. As a person who lived as a sentient being [albeit a child] in England during the Second World War how can ANYONE “not know” what they want for their country? Yes, I do understand the “No” crowd thanks to reading your blog!” — Jourdemaine

Answer: The poll Jourdemaine is referring to is here (.pdf file). Here’s the key info:

Do you personally want the Iraq plan President Bush announced last week to succeed?

———————-Yes——No——-(Don’t Know)
Average———–63%—–22%———-15%
Democrats——-51%—–34%———-15%
Republicans—–79%—–11%———-10%
Independents—-63%—–19%———-17%

As far as the “Don’t Know” answers go, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of them have no idea what the surge is. I know that seems incomprehensible to those of us who are political junkies, but there are a lot of people out there who don’t follow anything related to politics, government, etc., and couldn’t tell you the difference between what’s going on in Iraq and France.

On the other hand, if you do know what Bush’s plan is and “don’t know” if you want it to succeed, you’re no better than the people who want it to fail — and those people are contemptible. If you’re an American and you want the surge to fail, you’re rooting for your own country to lose a war and hence, you’re not a patriot, you’re not a good American, and you’re not even a decent person.

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