American support troops, but not the war

A few months ago several blogs were covering the question: can you support our troops if you’re anti-war? The answers were inconclusive at best, adversarial at worst.

A recent poll puts the issue to rest:

Poll: Americans back troops, not war
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

Support the troops, oppose the war.

The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that many Americans perceive the alleged atrocities against Iraqi civilians by U.S. forces as isolated incidents while saying the U.S.-led invasion was a mistake, an unusual disconnect that sets this conflict apart from Vietnam.

The survey of 1,003 adults was completed Wednesday, shortly before the announcement that U.S. airstrikes had killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq, and the Iraqi parliament’s approval of candidates for ministers in charge of the army and police.


Sixty-one percent in the survey said the military is doing all it can to avoid killing Iraqi civilians.


My brother keeps telling me that getting sent to “the sandbox” is a possibility. I’d like to think that I’m among those who might oppose the war, but will support our troops.

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