General Petraeus' testimony of mid-September has flopped according to Rasmussen:
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 64% of Americans would like to see U.S. troops brought home from Iraq within a year. That's the third straight weekly increase in support for troop withdrawal and a 6-point increase from mid-September.
Those figures include 28% who want the troops brought home immediately. That's up from 20% four weeks ago following Congressional testimony by General David Petraeus.
More Americans want US troops out now than before Petraeus spoke. This decline in support for the war comes after a relatively quiet September and early October in Iraq.
Petraeus came armed with his charts and graphs of confusing and misleading metrics but the American people were not persuaded. Bush's plan to use the general to promote his endless war in Iraq was a devious one, but it has failed and the war is more unpopular now than it was before.
Ironically, however, the whole surge scheme seems to have worked within the Beltway. Bush bought himself an extra year with it and he may now be able to run out the clock on the debacle in Iraq so he can dump it onto Hillary Clinton in 2009.
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