Who's fighting the war
I wonder who's fighting this war?
U.S. evangelical support for Iraq war slipping
DALLAS, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A new poll shows support for the war in Iraq is slipping among white evangelical Protestants, previously a key pillar of support for President George W. Bush's conduct of the conflict.
The poll is the latest bad domestic news for Bush and the Republicans about Iraq with just 12 days to go to congressional elections in which the Democrats are widely expected to capture control of the House of Representatives.
Conducted by the PEW Research Center, it found that 58 percent of white evangelical Protestants surveyed felt the United States made the right decision in using force in Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein, below the 71 percent in a previous poll in September.
This compared to little change overall among committed Republicans, with 78 percent saying it was the correct course versus 76 percent in September.
Flagging public support for the war as the death toll among U.S. forces mount in Iraq is one of the main reasons why analysts see Republicans losing House seats on Nov. 7.
Political activists in the evangelical community have been unwavering supporters of the war they see in part as a broader "clash of civilizations." Distaste among their flock for the conflict therefore highlights the depth of its unpopularity.
Scott Keeter of the PEW Research Center said it was hard to say why evangelical support seemed to have fallen so sharply but geography could be one reason.
"Many evangelicals are in the South and the military presence there is quite large and so the impact of the war on local communities is probably greater there," he said.
The PEW poll also found that only 48 percent of white evangelical Protestants now thought the war effort was going very or fairly well, versus 61 percent in September.
The latest poll was conducted nationwide from Oct. 17 to 22. It also found that nationally the Democrats hold a double-digit lead over Republicans heading into the elections.
Uh, who's sons and daughters face the choice of Wal Mart or Iraq? It ain't the Dobsons of the world sending their kids to the sandbox. Who's spending their nights looking at their broken children in Walter Reed? Not the rich, not the connected. When that phone call comes, god forbid, the knock on the door, the odds are good that a evangelical is behind it.
Their kids are the ones coming home broken and dead and Washington lies to them and they know it.
And this, combined with Foley, is dooming Bush and the GOP's election chances. He may think he's winning, but the people with the 21 year old who spends all day drinking or the 22 year old daughter learning to walk with a new leg, know Iraq is all fucked up and Bush won't admit it.
Which is why he had to speak in dog whistle to them about Iraq. They're bearing the burden of the war and they're tired of it.
posted by Steve @ 9:36:00 AM