McCain losing battle on Iraq withdrawal

Analysis by Chris Graham

For all the posturing between Barack Obama and John McCain over what to do about Iraq, has either of them asked the American people what they want to see done?

Hint – McCain might want to begin this conversation sooner rather than later.

A Rasmussen Reports survey released on Tuesday had 63 percent of those polled saying they want U.S. troops out of Iraq within a year. Just 33 percent answered that they want to see the troops remaining in Iraq until “the mission is complete.”

Of note is that 24 percent of those surveyed said they want troops returned home from Iraq immediately.

The trouble for McCain on the horizon is that voters seem to split down the line between the two major-party candidates based on their views on the troop-withdrawal issue. McCain gets the support of 77 percent of those who place importance on finishing the job in Iraq, as the question is asked by the pollsters, while Obama gets 79 percent of the support of those who want to see troops returned home in 12 months.

Unless the nearly two-to-one margin in favor of a quick withdrawal changes soon, McCain could be left defending a stay-the-course policy that only a third of Americans support or being faced with the prospect of changing his course on the Iraq issue at a dangerously late time in the political game.

Books from AFP

2018-19 UVA Basketball Preview: Just $1.99 on Amazon!

UVA Basketball finished the 2017-18 season ranked at the top of the national polls. Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham offers his insight and analysis on the 2018-19 'Hoos, breaking down the roster, the legacy of coach Tony Bennett, and how the loss to UMBC could fuel a run through March Madness next spring.

The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever: Just $3.49 on Amazon!

Chris Graham offers a glimpse behind the curtain of the pro wrestling business in his new book, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, the inside story of the 2011 Night of Legends, a live pay-per-view event featuring stars including WWE Hall of Famers Kevin Nash, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and The Rock 'n Roll Express that was met with almost universally negative reviews.

Mad About U: History of University Hall available on Amazon for just $5.99!

Mad About U: Four Decades of at University Hall is a comprehensive book covering the players, coaches and memories of University Hall at the University of Virginia. Join us as we look back at the memories from more than 40 years in U Hall.

News From Around the Web

Shop Google