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  •  You wanna know why? (6+ / 0-)

    A lot of people in my neck of the woods, (MS) have served time in Iraq, a lot of people take a military viewpoint or perspective on this war.  They read every report, scour military websites, talk to other military people, get letters from their loved ones, and what they are hearing first hand is not good news.

    Additionally, we have a lot of military contractors down here, and the disgusting amounts of money spent is really news for gossip.  

    One thing about Southernors, they will listen to their neighbors and their family, and they will put those people first.  Washington DC is a lot further away from them than Iraq.  We live, eat, and breathe this war, because every neighborhood has someone there or has come back from there.

    Another thing, the initial support for the war was in the understanding that our troops would be supported by this presidency.  They have not been adequately supported.  They have been screwed while billions go down a money hole without any oversight.   When a wife or family memeber hears of inadequate armor, jury-rigging, lack of basic military support needs, they have got to be scratching their heads and wondering where all this money is going.

    •  Thank you for these comments (0+ / 0-)

      That was a big thesis we had behind this poll going in, that the personal connection many in the South (myself included) have to the military shaped their perspectives. We're still drawing out from the data how much that was a factor (at least consciously) in how people answered questions, but I believe it's the critical backdrop to how all Southerners view Iraq and U.S. foreign entanglements.

      Blogging for a Progressive South // www.southernstudies.org/facingsouth

      by ProgressiveSouth on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:11:44 PM PDT

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    •  We're divided (1+ / 0-)
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      In SE Ohio. I'm in a smallish city where several kids from our church went into the Marines.
       It's odd; the people asking for prayers for their kids and for an end to this awful war get evil looks from other people who have no kids or family over there.
      I feel like we're breaking up as a society, sometimes.  Never has it been so divisive that I can remember.

      War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

      by Margot on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:17:33 PM PDT

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