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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 05:30 PM
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The Results Are In ...Oh, By the Way, the Iraqis Don't Really Want Us
http://www.counterpunch.org/blum01142008.html

Did you miss this? It should have been the lead story in every newspaper and radio and TV program in America. In the Washington Post it was on page 14. In virtually all of the rest of the media it was on page zero, channel zero, 0000 AM or 00.0 FM.

The US military in Iraq hired firms to conduct focus groups amongst a cross section of the population. A summary report of the findings was obtained by the Post. Here are some of the highlights of the report as disclosed by the newspaper:

* Until the March 2003 US occupation Sunnis and Shiites coexisted peacefully.

* Iraqis of all sectarian and ethnic groups believe that the US military invasion is the primary root of the violent differences among them.

* After the United States leaves Iraq, national reconciliation will happen "naturally."

* A sense of "optimistic possibility permeated all focus groups ... and far more commonalities than differences are found among these seemingly diverse groups of Iraqis."

* Dividing Iraq into three states would hinder national reconciliation. (Only the Kurds did not reject this option.)

* Most would describe the negative elements of life in Iraq as beginning with the US occupation.

* Few mentioned Saddam Hussein as a cause of their problems, which the report described as an important finding, implying that "the current strife in Iraq seems to have totally eclipsed any agonies or grievances many Iraqis would have incurred from the past regime, which lasted for nearly four decades -- as opposed to the current conflict, which has lasted for five years."
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shain from kane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 05:37 PM
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1. What is Bush*'s approval rating? Lower than USA? n/t
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ShadesOfGrey Donating Member (646 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 05:47 PM
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2. k&r
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 05:47 PM
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3. But but but we've LIBERATED them!
I am shocked--SHOCKED!!!


rocknation
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 05:52 PM
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5. " But but but we've LIBERATED them!"
The Oil has not been "liberated" yet, so the Occupation will stay in place until
that is accomplished.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 05:48 PM
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4. about time we heard from Iraqis!
K&R!
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 06:48 PM
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6. Does this mean there won't be a statue of the chimp in Baghdad?
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 07:03 PM
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8. He may get something along those lines
Here's a picture of the floor of a hotel in Baghdad of Daddy Bush after Gulf War I.

I expect that Little Lord Pissypants will get something spectacularly insulting

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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 06:50 PM
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7. we are the terrorists in iraq
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FlyingSquirrel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-08 07:04 PM
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9. What other military would invade a country and then do focus groups?
In-f'ing-credible.
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