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On 10th Anniversary, 53% in U.S. See Iraq War as Mistake
Gallup ^ | 03/18/2013 | Andrew Dugan

Posted on 03/18/2013 10:32:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ten years have passed since the United States and its allies invaded Iraq, and it appears the majority of Americans consider this a regrettable anniversary. Fifty-three percent of Americans believe their country "made a mistake sending troops to fight in Iraq" and 42% say it was not a mistake.

The March 7-10 results mark the first time Gallup has asked this question since the full withdrawal of American troops in December 2011. Although majorities or near-majorities have viewed the conflict as a mistake continuously since August 2005, the current 53% is down from the high point of 63% in April 2008.

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war. Though the engagement has now come to an end, this seminal event in recent American history still looms large in the national political consciousness. In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama highlighted the end of the war, stating "a decade of war is now ending" and, more recently, Sen. John McCain confronted now-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as to whether the 2007 Iraq war "surge" was successful.

Americans initially supported the war, with substantial majorities in 2003 saying the U.S. decision to get involved in Iraq was not a mistake. However, attitudes changed relatively quickly, and by the summer of 2004, a majority of Americans called the war a mistake.

Opinions fluctuated somewhat thereafter but, with one exception, since August 2005, a majority has said the war was a mistake each time Gallup has asked the question -- and at several points, more than 60% said so. The last time Gallup asked this question, in August 2010, 55% called the war a mistake.

(Excerpt) Read more at gallup.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 10thanniversary; gwot; iraq; oif; war


1 posted on 03/18/2013 10:32:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree. After sending troops to die for years in that Arab hellhole all we have to show for it is a vassal state for Iran.


2 posted on 03/18/2013 10:38:25 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I count myself in that 53%. In the wake of 9-11 we should have pounded Afghanistan to dust and left it that way.


3 posted on 03/18/2013 10:38:40 AM PDT by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SeekAndFind
All I know is, one HELL of a lot of terrorists gathered in Fallujah and were promptly killed.. Unfortunately we pulled out then went back but scores of bad guys were nullified.

Now we have a president whose goal is not to kill terrorists, but to grow the spread of Sharia governments which hate us and Israel. This is FAR worse than any 'mistake' in Iraq. What about our 'mistake' in Egypt, Libya, failure to support the revolt in Iran, etc?? Far worse.

0bama illegally waged war on Libya without consent of Congress and all he got was four bloody T-shirts.

4 posted on 03/18/2013 10:40:54 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Ooops, I forgot about Afghanistan. How did 0bama honor the deaths of our brave soldiers there? By handing the torch to the Taliban, that’s how. We killed a lot of bad guys there too, then along came the emasculated coward Saboteur-In-Chief, friendly to the bad guys.


5 posted on 03/18/2013 10:44:17 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: SeekAndFind

The only mistake we made was to waste trillions of dollars rebuilding that rathole.


6 posted on 03/18/2013 10:46:07 AM PDT by BradtotheBone (Moderate Democrat - A politician whose voting record leans left and whose vote can be bought.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those of you who think the Iraq war was a mistake, I’m curious how you would have handled Saddam Hussein’s violations of the cease-fire agreement that suspended fighting in Kuwait?


7 posted on 03/18/2013 10:46:52 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

Hey Kidd, If I were the president, I would have shot saddam in his hole (8 months into it) and then would have packed up and left the next day. It wasn’t a mistake to go in, it was a mistake to stay all those years.


8 posted on 03/18/2013 10:51:19 AM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: SeekAndFind

I pardon them for their ignorance.

The WAR wasn’t the mistake. A dangerous maniac was taken out.

The MISTAKE was the flawed effort of the Bush II Administration to think that using western civilized methods of occupation would result in a total political and culture shift in a society of religiously fanatical troglodytes whose minds and souls are arrested in 7th Century thinking and servants of a “god” of evil and death that the Bush Administration had no intention of challenging.


9 posted on 03/18/2013 10:55:42 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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To: kidd

“Those of you who think the Iraq war was a mistake, I’m curious how you would have handled Saddam Hussein’s violations of the cease-fire agreement that suspended fighting in Kuwait?”

And if we had not invaded Iraq then were the ‘no fly zones’ supposed to go on forever while we had to continue to patrol the ‘no fly zones’?

The idiot left is so delusional.


10 posted on 03/18/2013 10:56:02 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I was 14 Years old in 2003 and was against the war then and I am against it now.

I Always said both Iraq and Afghanistan could have been solved with Two Thermonuclear Hydrogen Bombs.


11 posted on 03/18/2013 10:57:59 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: ScottinVA

Interesting. There was more support for Viet Nam amongst the young people on the 60s than support by young people for Afghanistan today.

For the record, I think it was a mistake to got into Iraq and Afghanistan. Since WWII, America has not gone into a war to win it. That is our big mistake. The wars are being conducted by the politicians. Our youth are being used as cannon fodder. You can’t impose Western values on people who don’t understand or want it.

While I don’t agree with the Left’s push for “alternative energy” (I think the market should handle that), I do wish that the US can get away from it’s dependence on foreign oil. If it wasn’t for oil, the Middle East would still be stuck in the Middle Ages. The sooner the Middle East goes bankrupt and disappears from the world stage, the sooner Islam disappears and the terrorism that goes with it.


12 posted on 03/18/2013 10:58:42 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Totally misleading poll. The issue is how to wage war. The Kennedy Doctrine of Limited War is a failure. Total war is the only way.


13 posted on 03/18/2013 10:58:49 AM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: CJ Wolf

Hey CJ, What is the point of shooting saddam and leaving Iraq to al kinda of Iraq? There is a large group here that get their talking points from Chris Mathews. Iraq was a victory, now we have to finish the job in Iran and Syria. The Paulinist Isolation monkeys want to ignore threats and then, like Joe Kennedy Sr, then profit from it when we have no place else to run and hide. This time, because of nukes, there will be no place else to run and hide.


14 posted on 03/18/2013 11:06:27 AM PDT by ynotjjr (Under Construction)
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To: SeekAndFind

We should’ve gone in and toppled Hussein and then given notice we were pulling out in 60 days and done so, AFTER extracting was reparations.


15 posted on 03/18/2013 11:21:17 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Consider this, there are 10’s of thousands of young American combat veterans that love this country. Their skills might come in very handy, some day. I think most things, maybe all things, happen for a reason.


16 posted on 03/18/2013 11:32:06 AM PDT by ryan71 (The republican party is dead to me. Dead. Don't bother trying to revive it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The war part was fine, it was the aftermath that was a cluster-you-know-what.


17 posted on 03/18/2013 11:33:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

That was a war, was it?


18 posted on 03/18/2013 11:37:26 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: SeekAndFind

The Iraq war damage is not over. It knocked off the enemy of Iran. Now it’s war with Iran.


19 posted on 03/18/2013 11:42:30 AM PDT by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: BradtotheBone

And not looting their national museums!


20 posted on 03/18/2013 12:04:59 PM PDT by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There was a lot more involved in the Iraq War than just taking out Iraq. Most folks don’t understand that.

That said, when we won, we should have written their new charter, and replaced Saddam Hussein with “our bastard” - someone willing to kill Iraqis in job lots to keep the peace and save his skin.


21 posted on 03/18/2013 12:11:04 PM PDT by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Probably the strangest stat of all is 51% of the 18-29 crowd did not think Vietnam was a mistake.

Our young must have no understanding of history.

22 posted on 03/18/2013 12:11:26 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: KC_Lion

Young man, that is a very dangerous and very, very irresponsible thing to say. War isn’t ever something to be entered into lightly and the offensive detonation of nuclear weapons isn’t war. It’s the beginning of the end.


23 posted on 03/18/2013 12:32:23 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: BradtotheBone

Re: The only mistake we made was to waste trillions of dollars rebuilding that rathole.

When I left Iraq in Nov of 2005 there was so much construction and building I thought there is no way we will ever pull out WRONG


24 posted on 03/18/2013 12:34:49 PM PDT by jesseam (eliev)
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To: jmacusa
Alright fine, I guess I was being a bit hasty, I wasn't against the war per say. I was against the way I knew it was going to be fought. Even back as a Teenager I knew the PC bs would get our people killed.

If you are going to fight one, you need to be in it to win it.


25 posted on 03/18/2013 1:23:58 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

“I Always said both Iraq and Afghanistan could have been solved with Two Thermonuclear Hydrogen Bombs”

Wouldn’t the world be a different place today if we had the resolve to attend matters as you suggest.


26 posted on 03/18/2013 1:30:38 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: ZULU
The WAR wasn’t the mistake. A dangerous maniac was taken out.

taking out his kids was huge, too....
27 posted on 03/18/2013 1:49:23 PM PDT by stylin19a (obama - Fredo smart)
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To: kidd

The big mistake was using weapons of mass destruction as the justification for taking out Saddam. The real danger was that he might acquire nuclear weapons. Ultimately we cannot know if he would have succeeded in doing so if we had left him alone, but he might have. If Gore had been President in 2003, we would not have invaded Iraq, Saddam would still be in power, and he might well have nukes.


28 posted on 03/18/2013 3:31:35 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: ScottinVA

That’s thanks to the restraint the liberal politicians ordered upon our troops. That and all the “embedded” journalists (like thorns in the skin) actively working to turn public opinion against the war.


29 posted on 03/18/2013 3:55:38 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: kidd

“Those of you who think the Iraq war was a mistake, I’m curious how you would have handled Saddam Hussein’s violations of the cease-fire agreement that suspended fighting in Kuwait?”

The first Iraq war was a mistake too in my opinion. There was nothing sacred about Kuwait, yet we fought for an Arab King against a brutal dictator who had previously fought our enemies in Iran.


30 posted on 03/18/2013 4:02:53 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer

The GCC Arabs are our friends and allies. Super Christian bias is not a reason for shunning friends.


31 posted on 03/18/2013 4:04:47 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: KC_Lion

Brilliant quotes. They need to be shoved down the liberal politicians’ throats hourly.


32 posted on 03/18/2013 4:08:50 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: bert

“Super Christian bias is not a reason for shunning friends.”

It has nothing to do with a “Christian bias”, though you could go that route if you wanted.

It has to do with fighting for a king. American Soldiers should not fight for kings. Funny how we insisted on “democracy” for Iraq, but not for Kuwait, where we really could have made it a precondition for the monarchs return.


33 posted on 03/18/2013 4:15:06 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer

The kings and their subjects are our friends. We help friends.


34 posted on 03/18/2013 4:17:13 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: bert

“The kings and their subjects are our friends. We help friends.”

I think you place too much value in the friendship of an Arab king. They are Muslims and Arabs way before they are our “friends”.

We could have insisted on democracy in Kuwait, and succeeded.

The American soldier fights for no king. That should have been the case in Iraq I, and any other foreign excursion.


35 posted on 03/18/2013 4:23:06 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: bert

“The kings and their subjects are our friends. We help friends.”

And remind the Shah of Iran of how much we helped him. We wouldn’t have a nuclear Iran now if your ridiculous assertion were true.


36 posted on 03/18/2013 4:25:21 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer

Where are you getting this from?

The USA fought on behalf of kings many times. Monarchy as a concept is not the enemy of the USA, unless it is tyrannical absolute monarchy. There were many who wanted to make George Washington king of the USA! Besides that, the revolutionaries’ chant was “No King but King Jesus”. . . if any American fought on behalf of Jesus in a true sense, you would regard that as invalid?

Only leftists insisted on making this about “democracy”. The Communist Manifesto talks about “win(ning) the battle of democracy”, which ultimately means the end of representative rule.


37 posted on 03/18/2013 4:26:11 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: RFEngineer

You do know what Jimmy Carter was about, I hope?


38 posted on 03/18/2013 4:27:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“unless it is tyrannical absolute monarchy”

Ah, so Arab kings are simple benevolent monarchs are they?

The American Soldier fights for no king.


39 posted on 03/18/2013 4:29:21 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer

If you can prove that they’re all malevolent tyrant monarchs, go right ahead. And for the record, the Shah was not Arab, nor does Arab always equal Muslim.

The American soldier has indeed fought for kings, despite your bizarre insistence that they have not. They will most likely continue to do so.


40 posted on 03/18/2013 4:35:07 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“Shah was not Arab, nor does Arab always equal Muslim.”

You’re full of obvious information.

The American Soldier does not fight for kings.


41 posted on 03/18/2013 4:39:40 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: KC_Lion
“Either war is obsolete or men are.’’— Historian J. F. C. Fuller. I see what you mean but once if ever God forbid, the nuclear genie is unleashed , again, no one will be able to contain it.
42 posted on 03/18/2013 8:32:58 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa
I am a bit of Pessimist on Man's Stupidity.

Sadly I believe the Apocalypse would just be a prolong, to another bloody Chapter in Human History.

Because War, War Never Changes.

43 posted on 03/19/2013 6:33:58 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: ynotjjr
The point would be that we can go in take out the leader and destroy their infrastructure and ability to attack in 8 months and tell them not to f- with us again or we would screw them up even worse next time. There is no reason to hang out and waste our treasure and blood. They needed to be punished. We then could have marched into Iran and done the same thing and leave via Afghansitan. Scorched earth theory. Pakistan would have handed over Bin Laden when we came knocking on their border Looking at the below graph, Imagine leaving after the point of Saddam being captured, if we marched into Iran at that point, we would have finished them off by 2005. Instead, here we are.
44 posted on 03/19/2013 8:29:15 AM PDT by CJ Wolf
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