Here's another reason I'm not as upset as some are at the Democratic Congress "giving in" to Bush on troop funding. According to the latest NYT/CBS poll, more Americans now view the war negatively than at any time since it began.
Specifically, 61 percent of us say we should have stayed out, and 76 percent say things are going badly there-- including 47 percent who say things are going very badly. Bush's approval ratings are at 30 percent, with disapproval at 63 percent.
Back in December 2003 64 percent of Americans "said the United States did the right thing in taking military action in Iraq and 28 percent said the United States should have stayed out. The current numbers are nearly reversed, with 35 percent saying the United States did the right thing and 61 percent saying the country should have stayed out."
Unless I and most military experts are wrong and things are improved substantially by September, those disapproval numbers will be even higher, and Republicans will be wanting to see Iraq in the rearview mirror by the 2008 elections. It takes time for the U.S. to change course, but we're doing it.