Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Have the media misled us about how our troops in Iraq feel about their mission?

How many media stories have you seen quoting a gung-ho American soldier in Iraq who believed that what he/she was doing was correct, necessary and working and expressing frustration that not everyone back home believed the same thing? Didn’t those stories always seem to suggest that almost all our soldiers in Iraq felt the same way? Have we been misled?

In a new Zogby International poll released yesterday (that I have not yet seen referred to in any of our local media) "an overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows.

"Surveys were conducted face-to-face using random sampling techniques. The margin of error for the survey, conducted Jan. 18 through Feb. 14, 2006, is +/- 3.3 percentage points.

Is this the new silent majority, the majority of troops in Iraq whose views are never presented in the media?

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