Someone may need to find a new safe-speaking venue.

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Jan 04 2006

Now here’s a headline you don’t read everyday: Military Confidence in Bush Hits New Low
So, which Librul rag was it that dared to utter such treasonous, enemy-embodenering claptrap? Well, the headline came from Inter Press Service, but before anyone goes running for the pitchforks and torches, check out this part:

Military Confidence in Bush Hits New Low (Inter Press Service):

Although morale among members of the professional corps of the U.S. military remains generally high, their confidence in U.S. President George W. Bush and other civilian government leaders slipped substantially during 2005, according to major new survey released Monday by the “Military Times”.

The survey, the third in an annual series, found that approval of Bush’s Iraq policies by military professionals fell from nearly two-thirds at the end of 2004 to just 54 percent in late 2005, while their support for his overall performance dropped from 71 percent to 60 percent over the course of the year.

While both ratings remain significantly higher than the approximately 40 percent approval given Bush and his Iraq policy by the general public in late 2005, the military levels appear remarkably low given the fact that 60 percent of the military respondents identified themselves as Republicans — twice the percentage of the civilian population.

Among self-described Republican civilians, Bush’s approval ratings have been much higher — 80 percent or more — while support for his Iraq policy among civilian Republicans stands at about two-thirds.

“The military had been so steadfast behind Bush,” said Times managing editor Robert Hodierne, who said he was surprised by the decline in confidence. “When (the president’s ratings are) dropping nine and 11 points — especially in this community, which is very Republican and noticeably more conservative than the general population — then the president needs to pay attention.”

If support for Bush and the Iraq intervention among the professional military appears to be waning, however, lack of confidence in other civilian institutions — particularly Congress and the media — is even more pronounced, according to the survey. It found that the estrangement between the military and the country’s civilian leadership, a concern since the early 1990s, appears, if anything, to have grown over the past year.

And the civilian leadership in the Pentagon also appears to be viewed with scepticism. Fifty percent of respondents said they did not believe the civilian leadership of the Defence Department had their “best interests at heart”.

No, Bush isn’t in the doghouse — numbers-wise — with a majority of military folk, but the fact that he is not enjoying the support he has in the past could suggest that the effects of the our war in Iraq on our troops over there is becoming a drag on the president and his administration. Is this promising or or problematic? I don’t know. The thought of an increasingly disgruntled military, however, should be food for thought for all of us.

Speaking about food for thought, Bush may need to rethink his idea that speaking before military-only settings may not be so safe before the crowd decides to start lobbing rotten tomatoes at him.

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