The wide-ranging poll also shows that 58% of those serving in country say the U.S. mission in Iraq is clear in their minds, while 42% said it is either somewhat or very unclear to them, that they have no understanding of it at all, or are unsure. Nearly nine of every 10 – 85% – said the U.S. mission is “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks,” while 77% said they believe the main or a major reason for the war was “to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq.” ~John Zogby

Bear in mind that this comes from the same survey that says that 72% of soldiers deployed in Iraq want the U.S. to exit within a year, which probably means that most, if not all, of the soldiers who want the U.S. to leave still believe this war has something to do with al-Qaeda and, more incredibly, with 9/11. One wonders how much more interested in leaving they would be if they knew (as they apparently do not know) that both of those rationales for the war were complete nonsense.

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