The American people want out:
While the springtime surge in U.S. troops to Iraq is now complete, more Americans than ever are calling for U.S. forces to withdraw. Sixty-six percent say the number of U.S. troops in Iraq should be decreased, including 40 percent who want all U.S. troops removed. That’s a 7-point increase since April.
The Iraqi people think we’re more trouble than we’re worth:
The number of Iraqis who call it “acceptable” to attack U.S. and coalition forces, 17 percent in early 2004, has tripled to 51 percent now, led by near unanimity among Sunni Arabs. And 78 percent of Iraqis now oppose the presence of U.S. forces on their soil, though far fewer favor an immediate pullout.
And the freely elected prime minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki says they’ll be just fine without us:
BAGHDAD – Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday that the Iraqi army and police are capable of keeping security in the country when American troops leave ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œany time they want,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? though he acknowledged the forces need further weapons and training.
Well. Alrighty then.