Fifty-five percent of Iraqis now say their own life is going well, up from 39 percent 12 months ago. And 62 percent say security in their local area is good, up 16 percentage points from last year.Â These results, from an ABC poll carried out across Iraq and released today, paint a picture of a damaged country that is gradually starting to pull itself together again.
Attitudes toward Americans are ambivalent. On the one hand, Iraqis are deeply uncomfortable with the occupation â€” 73 percent say they oppose the presence of U.S. troops on Iraqi soil.Â [GP Ed. Note – Um, who wouldn’t be opposed to foreign troops in your country?]
When asked whether the U.S. troop surge has contributed to the drop in violence, a little more than half say no. But in a telling reality check, when asked whether U.S. troops should leave Iraq now, only 38 percent agreed â€” the majority wants U.S. troops to stay until security is guaranteed.
Oh, but wait….Â Â Â *GP checks statements from Senate Majority Leader*
I am very confused.Â Â Harry Reid tells me “the war is lost.”Â I’m sure that’s because he has been to Iraq several times since the surge and has seen this first hand?Â So he must be right, and the Iraqi people must be wrong.
*GP reads some news items*
Oops, no that’s not it.Â Reid hasn’t been to Iraq at all.Â Â But surely Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have sat down with General Petraeus when he has offered to brief them?Â
*GP reads more news items….*
Nope, Reid and Pelosi both refused to attend briefings given last year by Gen. Petraeus.Â Â Oh, and what was that?…..Â Senator Hillary Clinton said late last year thatÂ in order to believe Petraeus’ statementsÂ that the situation was improving, it would require a “willing suspension of disbelief.”Â Â
I guess we will just have toÂ trust the Iraqi people and the US military on the ground to tell us the truth, since our Congressional leadership isn’t at all serious about winning the Global War on Terror.