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If The President Was Regularly Putting Your Family Members In The Grave For No Reason, You Would Start To Sour On His Agenda Sooner Than Later, No?

The military families I know have had a strong distaste for Bush and his cronies for a great long while. It’s not enough that he’s “all hat and no cattle,” but he’s putting people into harms way for no real legitimate reason and continues to toss good money after bad to the tune of billions of dollars owed to the Chinese that our following generations will be working on paying down until their grandchildre n have grandchildre n.

I’m not certain why this is now news (well, it’s because some person decided to run a poll to sell newspapers), but for those of us with friends and family that have served our country know the support for Bush was extinguished quite some time ago.

Families with ties to the military, long a reliable source of support for wartime presidents, disapprove of President Bush and his handling of the war in Iraq, with a majority concluding the invasion was not worth it, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomb erg poll has found…

…Nearly six out of every 10 military families disapprove of Bush’s job performance and the way he has run the war, rating him only slightly better than the general population does.

And among those families with soldiers, sailors and Marines who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, 60% say that the war in Iraq was not worth the cost, the same result as all adults surveyed.

“I don’t see gains for the people of Iraq . . . and, oh, my God, so many wonderful young people, and these are the ones who felt they were really doing something, that’s why they signed up,” said poll respondent Sue Datta, 61, whose youngest son, an Army staff sergeant, was seriously wounded in Iraq last year and is scheduled to redeploy in 2009. “I pray to God that they did not die in vain, but I don’t think our president is even sensitive at all to what it’s like to have a child serving over there.”

Patience with the war, which has now lasted longer than the U.S. involvement in World War II, is wearing thin — particularly among families who have sent a service member to the conflict. One-quarter say American troops should stay “as long as it takes to win.” Nearly seven in 10 favor a withdrawal within the coming year or “right away.“

Military families tend to be relatively quite of their disdain for this man because they are used to doing their duty, as promised. Even so, it’s dramatic when a sitting president fails the military he was “elected” to lead.

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2 Responses to “If The President Was Regularly Putting Your Family Members In The Grave For No Reason, You Would Start To Sour On His Agenda Sooner Than Later, No?”

  1. Around here, you hear people blame the “Army” rather than blaming the “President” for these multiple deployments  (my husband just shipped out for Iraq for his third tour). I get the feeling they are cautious about using the “president’s ” name in vain so as not to get themselves in trouble with their chain of command or getting someone who fully supports the wars upset with them. Over the last four years, I am noticing a change of tone (I host karaoke and DJ for military troops for the last four years), but it is still rare for a soldier or even a soldiers spouse to come right and say that GWB is an a-hole or that this war is a waste of time and lives.

  2. Dizzy D,

    Thanks for the comment. Of the military families I know, and I do know a fair number as my brother is career Air Force, there are very few that are gung ho for Iraq. And the spouses and families who remain home while deployments are extended are in agony. My Sister-in-la w who had to survive two hurricanes - including Katrina - with no husband because he was in Iraq was none too happy to have to board up the house and shuttle up to her parents 15 hours north with three kids in tow…the president doesn’t have a clue what it means to be in the military nor to be in a military family.

    The remarkable thing about the friends I know in the military is that they remain respectfully quite about their discontent, but if you ask, they are candid and don’t couch their sentiment in rhetoric. For them it’s their buddies and family members that get blown in half by a mortar round as they walk from the shower to the tent in the “green” zone (this actually did happen to a friend of my brothers and he saw it happen). It’s very real.

    It seems to me the further away from any connection you have with a person serving there the more supportive you are of the war. And, I have said this before, there appears to be a direct correlation between the amount of money you make from this war and your support for this president. And, it seems that our military families are and continually get screwed by the republicans in charge. What’s to like?

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