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Swimming Against The Surge

There IS a surge all right. The growing surge of people who against the idea of sending an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq. Besides Bush's self-

There IS a surge all right. The growing surge of people who against the idea of sending an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq.

Besides Bush's self-selected yes-men with whom he surrounds himself, is there anyone that thinks that escalating the number of troops in Iraq is a good idea? Don't answer Lieberman either, he falls into the caveat I gave.

Americans overwhelmingly oppose sending more U.S. forces to Iraq, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll that serves as a strong repudiation of President Bush's plan to send another 21,500 troops.

The opposition to boosting troop levels in Iraq reflects growing skepticism that the United States made the right decision in going to war in the first place and that a stable, democratic government can be established there. Just 35 percent think it was right for the United States to go to war, a new low in AP polling and a reversal from two years ago, when two-thirds of Americans thought it was the correct move.

Sixty percent, meanwhile, think it is unlikely that a stable, democratic Iraqi government will be established.

Fully 70 percent of Americans oppose sending more troops, and a like number don't think such an increase would help stabilize the situation there.

Time quotes officers in Iraq who call this JEL-- Just Enough To Lose. Our coalition force allies in the UK obviously don't feel the same need to boost troops, as they announced they are pulling 3,000 troops. Robert Novak has even noted the deep chasm in the Republican party to support an escalation. At this time, Hagel, Voinovich, Coleman, Collins, Snowe, Smith and Brownback as well as several House members have all come out against the escalation.

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