World War 3 in 3…..2…..1…..

A civil war in Iraq could lead to a broader conflict in the Middle East, pitting the region’s rival Islamic sects against each other, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said in an unusually frank assessment Tuesday.

Makes me wonder if that wasn’t the plan from the beginning. Get them to start fighting eachother, and then pull out, citing concern for our troops’ safety. Sit back and watch as our enemies eviscerate eachother.

I doubt it. For one thing, I’m not convinced that this administration is that savvy. Second, the administration is way too wedded to the Oil Industry to take that kind of risk with one of the main sources of supply.

This is interesting, though: Zogby recently completed a first-ever opinion poll of troops on the ground in Iraq. The results are an uncomfortable mix to read.

For example: 72% say that we should end the War in 2006. Only one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay “as long as they are needed.” The Majority of troops oppose use of harsh prisoner interrogation.

However — almost 85% think that the war was retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11.

What.

The.

Fuck.

13 Replies to “World War 3 in 3…..2…..1…..”

  1. Hon, what’s the standard education level of the standard person serving in the armed forces? Remember that many choose that path as a means to pay for an education…

    D.

  2. I’d also be really interested to see how that breaks down among the branches – are Marines really more conservative than the Air Force for example?

    Thanks for the link. I love me some polls.

  3. I’m not surprised in the least. It’s what they’re fed by their chain of command and Armed Forces broadcasting.

    You shouldn’t expect much in the way of critical thinking from the average line soldier. It’s sort of like the old line from Dave Barry, “If you want to meet people who enjoy bowling, you should probably hang out in a bowling alley. If you want to meet people who are intellectually stimulating and urbane, don’t.”

  4. And what’s even worse is that, the whole time I’m watching, I think “these people agreed to let themselves be seen as idiots on television.”

    Whatever happened to the concept of shame? I’m not pushing a Scarlet Letter Society, but Jesus Christ, people.

  5. considering the average age of at least the army is 19 about 4 years ago(when I got this info), I’d say lucky to have a high school diploma from an accredited high school.

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