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Bush More Reviled Than Osama Bin Laden

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It's hard to know how much faith to place into these things when you don't have more specific information than blurbs, when phrasing a question can change its meaning entirely. Not asking follow-ups can also make a huge difference, like with flag burning. If you ask in a poll if flag burning should be illegal, you might get 70% that says it should be banned, but if you ask them if it ranks amongst the most important issues to them, they may say no, making the point moot.


Associated Press/Ipsos Public Affairs/AOL asked Americans to name the biggest villain and biggest hero of 2006, and Bush topped both lists.

Bush ran away with the worst villain title, earning 25 percent of respondents' ire. As if the midterm election outcome wasn't proof enough of unhappiness with the Decider-in-Chief, the survey's results show Osama bin Laden trailing Bush by 17 points for second place.

Like I said, these things can be taken with a grain of salt, but it's still pretty damn funny. Think about it, Bin Laden killed a lot of people and is long past due for a gruesome death of his own, but I don't see him going around terrorizing his own people at the same time. But what about the war?

For the first time, more troops disapprove of the president’s handling of the war than approve of it. Barely one-third of service members approve of the way the president is handling the war, according to the 2006 Military Times Poll. When the military was feeling most optimistic about the war — in 2004 — 83 percent of poll respondents thought success in Iraq was likely. This year, that number has shrunk to 50 percent.

What bothers me is that 50% of these people still think we can win this thing, it's beyond reason. There is something to be said for loyalty and optimism, but we're past that now into delusion. At some point you have to realize that you just can't win, and try something different, and that doesn't mean just giving up on your goals. You can jump and jump all you want and you will never make it more than a few feet off the ground, much less into the sky and to the moon, and eventually you have to admit that it just isn't going to happen. But that doesn't mean you can't step back, think for a while, and then build space suits and modules and rockets.

This was never a matter of doing more, working harder, or finding a way. It was never something that could happen in the first place. It's time to come home.

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