I knew we’d start seeing a bunch of Iraq war polls just before the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.
Lo and behold, for the first time in years, a Pew poll finds that most Americans believe the U.S. effort in Iraq will succeed. Iraq will become a stable democracy, and its example may inspire liberalization and liberation throughout the otherwise repressed Arab and Persian Middle East.
By ratio of 53 to 39 percent, most Americans believe the second mission of the Iraq invasion – democratization – will work. (The first mission was to remove the fascist regime.)
Changing opinions. Most Americans – 54 percent – also say the decision to invade was wrong, but that opinion is primarily the effect of five years of partisan bickering, and the selfishness nurtured by appeasers who wanted Saddam Hussein and family to torture and murder Iraqis forever. With some perspective, opinions on the invasion decision will change, too.
President Bush has said American troops in Iraq would “return on success.” It’s good to see that success increasingly acknowledged.