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A new NBC News/"Wall Street Journal" poll shows only 22 percent of Americans think the country is going in the right direction. Sixty-six percent say we're not. And the overriding issue in those poll numbers it the war in
Read any sampling of public opinion over the last few years. Americans want this war over. They want our troops home.
Both houses of Congress have now passed the funding bills necessary to continue the war, but with a timetable to begin winding things down.
It's funny, isn't it?
The public and the Congress seem to be in agreement. But none of that matters to President Bush. Remember, he's the decider. And he's decided we're not going to set any timetable for withdrawal.
On the contrary, tours of duty for combat soldiers have just been extended and Bush says he's going to veto the funding bill.
Isolated and almost alone in his determination to continue the insanity that is the war in Iraq, Mr. Bush clings to a 4-year-old failed policy that has cost this country its reputation, more than 3,000 of its finest young people and a half a trillion dollars of your tax money.
Thousands of our soldiers have been crippled for life.
And, of course, finally, it's not working -- not on any level. There is no effective Iraqi government. There's no democracy. There's no political solution. Nothing. Just bloody day after bloody week after bloody month of violence, death, destruction.