Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Bush Losing Ground on Iraq, Terrorism

People are seeing through the smoke. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll numbers show a comprehensive and significant decrease in support for the Iraq war, and increasing pessimism about its effect on our security. I'll quote here from the MSNBC summary since it doesn't require registration.
Perhaps most ominous for President Bush, 52 percent said war in Iraq has not contributed to the long-term security of the United States, while 47 percent said it has. It was the first time a majority of Americans disagreed with the central notion Bush has offered to build support for war: that the fight there will make Americans safer from terrorists at home. In late 2003, 62 percent thought the Iraq war aided U.S. security, and three months ago 52 percent thought so.

I think another number is even more ominous, however. It remains to be seen whether for President Bush or for the American public.
While Bush has shelved his routine speeches about terrorism, and Congress has turned to domestic issues, fear of terrorism has receded from the public consciousness. Only 12 percent called it the nation's top priority, behind the economy, Iraq, health care and Social Security.

I'm not so sure I want this administration to think we're not scared. In the past, our fear and anger has opened the door for their belligerence and aggression. They seemed to relish it and thrive on it. Since only "12 percent called it the nation's top priority", don't be surprised if something fearful happens soon.

I'm not saying it will; just that I won't find it surprising.


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