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Let’s get it over with

According to a poll taken in the last few days, 71% of Americans just want to get the damn thing done and over with.

10 comments to Let’s get it over with

  • Elizabeth

    I will not be sad if I never have to hear Hans Blix speak again.
    I don’t mean to be rude, but there’s something about the way he talks and his voice that’s like nails on a chalk board to me.

  • The troops are probably feeling that way, too. Staying at the ready is not easy.

    Hopefully Mr. Blair will be able to survive; he has been a stalwart friend through all of the merde and scheisse thrown our way and his way by the weasels.

  • And what about the rest of the world? Similar sentiment? I’m stuck here in DC, and apart from the occasional Taxi driver, I don’t get too much exposure to people actually living in various other countries (as opposed to being from other countries).

    And what’s with the polls in GBR? I see variations upwards of 30% sometimes, e.g., if Bush gets the backing of the UN, some say 45%, some say 75% of Brits would support the war on Iraq… +/- 4% margin, of course.

    Heck, while I’m ranting…. I’m sick and tired of the term “War On Iraq.”

    Propose a change: “War In Iraq.”

    We’re not fighting the Iraqi people. We’re not really liberating them either. We’re fighting some dude who happens to live in, control, authoratize, and hide within Iraq.

    anyways, my $0.03

    – brendan

  • Fred Boness

    Free Iraq now.

  • A_t

    awwwww… the poor soldiers. Let’s just let them fight, that way they’ll be happier…. WHAT???

    Damn, i’m not disputing that it must be pretty stressful for them, but come on!

    And to be honest, I don’t *care* if the majority of US citizens want it over and done with, from where i stand most of the world’s population is very unconvinced this forthcoming (& seemingly inevitable) war is necessary. Considering we all have to live with the consequences of whatever goes down, perhaps, just perhaps, the US public’s wishes aren’t number one in my mind.

    It’d be interesting to know whether Iraqis are in favour of us bombing them… but in absence of their voices, both sides are claiming them as their own.

  • It’d be interesting to know whether Iraqis are in favour of us bombing them… but in absence of their voices, both sides are claiming them as their own.

    Their voices aren’t absent.

  • S. Weasel

    The discouraging part is realizing that the long detour into diplomacy has simply made everything worse for everyone. More time for Saddam to rig some unpleasant surprises for the troops. More time for divisions within and between countries to harden and become rancorous. More likelihood we’ll be fighting into the summer heat. More Iraqi misery under the current regime. More economic fallout.

    I’m not saddened at the stresses shown in the UN and in other diplomatic relationships, but if war is inevitable, it’s hard to see that the delay has been good for anyone.

  • Joel

    A_t: It’d be interesting to know whether Iraqis are in favour of us bombing them… but in absence of their voices, both sides are claiming them as their own.

    Dodd: Their voices aren’t absent.

    me: Except at antiwar marches, where you’d think they would be loudest if A_t’s underlying assumption is correct.

  • An excellent point, Joel.

  • A_t

    Just for the record, I didn’t particularly have an underlying assumption, despite the somewhat loaded sounding phrasing. I’d genuinely like to know what the majority of Iraqi people would like; whether they think that the risk of dying under American bombs is worth being rid of Saddam for.

    But that’s impossible for me to assess, aside from going there personally & trying to talk to people. Every media outlet seems to have it’s agenda, & will probably be able to find Iraqis to speak up for ‘their’ side.