Contrary to what the Republicans have been constantly bleeting, people surveyed within the military community (including active-duty service members, veterans and their family members) have opinions about Bush and his handling of the war that are roughly in line with what the rest of the country thinks, i.e., it sucks. Sixty-four percent call for withdrawal by the end of next year:
Other surveys have shown an erosion of support for Bush and the war among military personnel, including a 2005 poll by Military Times of their active-duty readers.
Now the disapproval of Bush appears to have transferred to his party. Republican leanings of military families that began with the Vietnam War — when Democratic protests seemed to be aimed at the troops as much as the fighting — have shifted, the poll results show.
When military families were asked which party could be trusted to do a better job of handling issues related to them, respondents divided almost evenly: 39% said Democrats and 35% chose Republicans. The general population feels similarly: 39% for Democrats and 31% for Republicans.
"The Democrats are not seen as the anti-soldier group anymore," said Charles C. Moskos, a military sociologist at Northwestern University. He added that Bush’s firm backing of the troops did not gain him any points because the entire country was now viewed as supportive of the military, even if not of the war. "He doesn’t get extra credit for that."
"We support the troops; we don’t support Bush," said respondent Linda Ramirez, 52, of Spooner, Wis., whose 19-year-old son is due to be deployed with the Marines early next year. "These boys have paid a terrible, terrible price."
Most military families also thought that it was appropriate for retired officers to be publicly criticizing BushCo’s handling of the war.
What is the "leadership-as-photo-op" crowd at the White House going to do when they learn that a flight suit and a codpiece just isn’t enough any more?
Meanwhile, Big Tent Democrat thinks that Hoyer and Emanuel are "determined to own the Iraq debacle." Kinda like all those folks who thought sweeping up Enron stock for pennies after it crashed was a really sweet deal.