The "success" of the surge is not translating into any support for the war. In spite of the anti-war surge the Democrats seem not to be capable of doing anything to stop Bush. Actually there is bi-partisan agreement for the huge U.S. military expenditures and aggressive foreign policy. The Democrats seem to compete with the Republicans to see who can hate Iran most while both they and the Republicans support Maliki who is supported by Iran!
Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research
More Americans Decry Decision to Invade Iraq
April 27, 2008
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Many adults in the United States are dissatisfied with their government’s decision to launch the coalition effort, according to a poll by Gallup released by USA Today. 63 per cent of respondents think the U.S. made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq, up six points since December.
The coalition effort against Saddam Hussein’s regime was launched in March 2003. At least 4,051 American soldiers have died during the military operation, and 29,800 troops have been wounded in action.
In December 2005, Iraqi voters renewed their National Assembly. In May 2006, Shiite United Iraqi Alliance member Nouri al-Maliki officially took over as prime minister.
In September 2007, commander of the Multi-National Force - Iraq David Petraeus and U.S. ambassador in Iraq Ryan Crocker provided a comprehensive assessment of the situation in Iraq to the U.S. Congress. In addition, U.S. president George W. Bush said U.S. forces in Iraq would be reduced by 5,700 troops in December. After July 2008, all troop withdrawals from Iraq will be suspended.
On Apr. 25, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for an end to the hostilities between his Mahdi Army militia and Iraq’s security forces, declaring, "When we threatened an open war, it was meant against the occupation and not against our peoples. There will be no war between Sadrists and Iraqi brothers from any groups."
In view of the developments since we first sent our troops to Iraq, do you think the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq, or not?
Made a mistake
Did not make a mistake
Source: Gallup / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,016 American adults, conducted from Apr. 18 to Apr. 20, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent.