Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
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Iraq

I recently finished reading Bob Woodward's latest book about the Iraq War (called The War Within) and found it fascinating reading. It raised some powerful questions about the war and about what will happen if troops are withdrawn. That spawned this poll. Because this subject evokes very emotional debate, I've disabled the ability to see who voted how, so your poll answers will be a secret ballot. Sorry about the heavy subject.



Suppose a new President decided to withdraw all troops from Iraq over a short period of time (e.g. within a year.) Do you believe that this would put the US at greater risk for terrorist attacks?

Yes, almost certainly
5(10.9%)
Possibly
2(4.3%)
I'm not sure
5(10.9%)
It's possible, but unlikely
20(43.5%)
No, not at all
14(30.4%)

Assume that withdrawing troops from Iraq on that short a time period posed some increased risk to Americans of terrorist attacks. Should troops be withdrawn on that timetable anyhow?

Yes. The cost savings and safety of the soldiers there make the risk worth it.
19(41.3%)
Yes (for some other reason)
9(19.6%)
I'm not sure
9(19.6%)
No, we have to succeed there first so that risk is decreased before the troops come home.
8(17.4%)
No for some other reason.
1(2.2%)

Assume withdrawing troops from Iraq would destabilize the region. Which of the following statements do you most agree with?

That's not our problem. If the region is unstable, it's up to the locals or the UN to fix it.
9(19.6%)
The US and coalition broke it, so it's up to them to fix it. It would be wrong to withdraw troops before the region is stable.
10(21.7%)
I realize that withdrawing troops would create instability, but troops should still be withdrawn because of the cost of the war and the risk to the soldiers.
10(21.7%)
Withdrawing troops would cost more in the long run, either by emboldening Iran or in some other way.
5(10.9%)
I don't agree with any of these comments. Perhaps I'll explain my point of view in a comment.
12(26.1%)

George W. Bush's supporters say that history will judge him better than contemporary critics. They argue that his efforts to build stability in the middle east is comparable to what the Allies did after World War II to build stability in Europe and that a stable Iraq will have long term benefits to world peace. Do you agree?

Yes
5(10.6%)
Maybe
5(10.6%)
No
34(72.3%)
I'm not sure.
3(6.4%)

How do you judge George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq?

It was the right thing to do
5(10.6%)
In hindsight it was the wrong thing to do, but at the time it seemed like the right thing to do
7(14.9%)
It was the wrong thing to do.
34(72.3%)
I'm not sure
1(2.1%)

At the time of the Iraq invasion, did you agree with the decision to invade Iraq?

Yes. I agreed then and I still agree that it was the right thing to do.
4(8.5%)
Yes, I agreed then, but right now I'm not sure whether it was right or wrong.
3(6.4%)
Yes, but now I believe it was the wrong thing to do.
1(2.1%)
At the time I wasn't sure if it was right or wrong, but now I believe it was the right thing to do.
0(0.0%)
At the time I wasn't sure if it was right or wrong, but now I believe it was the wrong thing to do.
8(17.0%)
At the time I wasn't sure if it was right or wrong and I'm still not sure.
1(2.1%)
No, I believed it was wrong then, but now I believe it was the right thing to do.
0(0.0%)
No, I believed it was wrong then, but now I'm not sure it was right or wrong.
1(2.1%)
No, I believed it was wrong then and I still believe it was the wrong thing to do.
29(61.7%)
Other (what?)
0(0.0%)
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