If terrorists read the newspapers – and you know they do – they must be gaining new confidence from a new USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll which has found support dwindling for America’s continued presence in Iraq.
According to a poll of independent voters, who some believe are key to President Bush’s re-election next year, independents are losing confidence in the peace effort.
In the poll, 39 percent of those surveyed approve of the way the administration is handling things in Iraq, which is a substantial deterioration from the 73 percent of independents who approved of the effort in April.
The problem with eroding support is that it fuels the efforts of the terrorists, not only in Iraq, but all over the world.
If we do not free Iraq and if we prematurely poll out, we will be fulfilling the prophecies of the radical Islamists who have always said America can’t take much site of their own blood. That’s what they tell their people and that’s what they have seen happen before.
If we don’t win this war, we will see more of it inside our own country.
From Portland, Oregon, I’m Cal Thomas.