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Iraq war

Veterans link Iraq to Gulf Coast

March 21, 2007 - In April 1953, the famous "red state" Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower made this famous statement about the trade-offs between war spending and human needs:

Is the military tinting blue?

January 9, 2007 - Last week we blogged about the big Military Times poll which got short shrift in the media, despite its eye-opening findings that under a third of U.S. service member approve of Bush's handling of the Iraq war and only 41% think the war was a good idea.

Southern towns brace for Iraq deployments

December 19, 2006 - According to a recent CNN poll, opposition to President Bush's handling of the Iraq war now stands at 70% -- the highest level ever. Two-thirds of the public oppose the war itself, and only 11% favor sending more troops.

Election Watch: A referendum on Iraq?

November 2, 2006 - Whatever the negative attacks and personal gaffes swirling around the 2006 mid-terms, evidence is mounting that elections -- more than any other issue -- will be a vote about Iraq. As a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll released yesterday found:

NEW REPORT: Poll finds opposition to war growing in the South

October 12, 2006 - UPDATE: Welcome all readers from DKos (where a great discussion has broken out about this new poll) and other places. Make yourself at home. As part of our Peace and Security Program, today the Institute released a major new poll on how Southerners view the Iraq war. The results are eye-opening and signal a big change in attitudes about the war in the South. Below is the complete press release.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2006

Army: U.S. plans to keep current troop levels in Iraq until 2010

October 11, 2006 - When the U.S. public began turning against the Iraq war, especially in late 2004/early 2005, the Bush Administration began talking less about "freedom" and more about "democracy," the new rhetoric focused on turning over the reins of power to the Iraqi people. The corollary of the self-rule frame was that, as the citizens of Iraq took greater power -- including assuming control of police and military functions -- the U.S. presence would decline. As recently as last month, officials were touting cuts in Iraq troop levels by spring 2007. No more, reports the Associate Press today:

Southern Scandal Watch

April 28, 2006 - The scandal season is still in full bloom, claiming ethically challenged lawmakers across the political aisle. Two recent items of a Southern flavor (hat tip to TPM Muckraker):

North Carolinians not happy with Bush war policy

April 6, 2006 - Bush is coming to North Carolina to pump up support for the war effort. But the polls show that residents of North Carolina -- which bills itself "the most military friendly state in the country" -- are increasingly disillusioned with his foreign policy.

South hit hardest by military deaths

October 25, 2005 - Reporter James Crawley does some valuable number-crunching in a news story today about the impact of the Iraq war on Southern communities: More than half of the U.S. troops killed in Iraq either came from the South or were assigned to military bases in the region, according to an analysis of Pentagon records. As the U.S. military death toll nears 2,000 deaths since March 2003, the South continues to bear a heavy toll from the war, said national security analysts.