Sixty-seven percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey disapprove of the president's performance. The 31 percent approval number is a new low for Bush in CNN polling and is 40 points lower than the president's number at the start of the Iraq war. "Bush's approval rating five years ago, at the start of the Iraq war, was 71 percent, and that 40-point drop is almost identical to the drop President Lyndon Johnson faced during the Vietnam War," CNN polling director Keating Holland said.
"Johnson's approval rating was 74 percent just before Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in 1964, which effectively authorized the Vietnam War. Four years later, his approval was down to 35 percent, a 39-point drop that is statistically identical to what Bush has faced so far over the length of the Iraq war," he said. But there was no sign that the conflict would end soon.
During a speech at the Pentagon Wednesday, the president called the debate over Iraq "understandable" but insisted that a continued U.S. presence in the region was crucial. "Defeating this enemy in Iraq will make it less likely we will face this enemy here at home," he said. "We're helping the people of Iraq establish a democracy in the heart of the Middle East. A free Iraq will fight terrorists instead of harboring them. Bush popularity hits new low
He's an idiot! Nothing will change except for the number of dead and wounded. I am sick of the idiocy that we will fight the terrorists here if we do not defeat them there. We will not defeat them there. We will only succeed in staying there until Bush can attack Iran. We will be fighting them here regardless of when we leave. This Bush created mess is just beginning. Meanwhile the idiot just cares about continuing his illegal wars!
It has been five years since the United States invaded Iraq and the world watched in horror as what seemed like a swift victory by modern soldiers and 21st-century weapons became a nightmare of spiraling violence, sectarian warfare, insurgency, roadside bombings and ghastly executions. Iraq’s economy was destroyed, and America’s reputation was shredded in the torture rooms of Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret prisons.
In a speech on Wednesday, the start of the war’s sixth year, Mr. Bush was stuck in the Never land of his “Mission Accomplished” speech. In his mind’s eye, the invasion was a “remarkable display of military effectiveness” that will be studied for generations. The war has placed the nation on the brink of a great “strategic victory” in Iraq and against terrorists the world over. Even now, Mr. Bush talks of Iraqi troops who “took off their uniforms and faded into the countryside to fight the emergence of a free Iraq” — when everyone knows that the American pro-consul, L. Paul Bremer III, overrode Mr. Bush’s national security team and, with the president’s blessing, made the catastrophically bad decision to disband the Iraqi Army and police force.
Vice President Dick Cheney was equally deep in denial on Monday when he declared at a news conference in Baghdad that it has all been “well worth the effort.” Mission not accomplished
These idiots could care less this will exceed $3 trillion and many more lives and suffering as long as they can attack Iran and further their new order forever wars. Meanwhile his predeseor is in Britain making ties and reassuring the British PM. I am sickened that while the Childish Democrats wage a pissing contest amongst themselves. Bush's replacement is going around the world reassuring allied leaders that he will be there for them. mcCain reasures UK PM