Why does the Pentagon hate our troops?
Evan commented on the big splash earlier this week when a Zogby poll found that 72 percent of U.S. troops favor withdrawal from Iraq within the next year.
That puts American soldiers in line with the majority of American Republicans, Democrats and independents, along with Iraqi Shi'ite and Sunni Arabs and Kurds. And the Turkomen.
That's everyone who's not turning a buck on the deal.
Now, via ThinkProgress, we have the Pentagon's response to our brave soldiers: piss off!
The Pentagon has dismissed a poll's finding that 72 per cent of United States troops in Iraq believe the US should pull out within a year or less.
"It shouldn't surprise anybody that a deployed soldier would rather be at home than deployed, even when they believe what they are doing is important and vital work," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.As John McLaughlin would say, "wroooong!" Those troops have so much more invested in the effort than any armchair general or keyboard commando back home. They've been through hell and back, seen buddies cut down and they don't want it to be in vain. The only reason a soldier in the field would espouse such a position is if s/he knew it was already FUBAR and had lost all faith in the civilian leadership.
Soldiers wanted to be back home with their families in Europe and the Pacific during World War Two, but how many do you think would have supported leaving the job undone?"
"I don't think anybody is getting alarmed over any one poll, if that's what you're asking me," Mr Whitman said.OK, DOD press flack. But tell us, is anyone "getting alarmed" about the carnage, the costs and the fact that this crazy adventure hasn't achieved a single one of the goals stated at the outset? Anyone?