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  •  You are right.... (1+ / 0-)
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    800-900 is a large enough sample to have a +/- 5% error.

    -6.5, -7.59. All good that a person does to another returns three fold in this life; harm is also returned three fold.

    by DrWolfy on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 12:10:02 PM PST

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    •  Thank you! (0+ / 0-)

      That Statistics class was back in the 70s!

      The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all - JFK- 5/18/63-Vanderbilt Univ.

      by oibme on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 12:25:19 PM PST

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    •  How well the survey represents (1+ / 0-)
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      the views of military men and women is dependent on who answered the survey. Because the people who answered the survey tended to be older, longer-serving, and in the senior ranks, it is not representative of the military as a whole, no matter what the sample size is.

      Nevertheless, assuming that the sample who answered previous surveys was similar in composition, the identified trends (fewer respondents identifying as Republican, fewer supporting the war) is the most important point addressed in the article.

      In interpreting the results, one also might want to ask: "Are these respondents not more likely to be opinion leaders and trendsetters since these are the men and women with the most experience and the greatest commitment to a military career?"

      This is an important survey because of what it says about troop morale, a huge factor in any successful war. It suggests that our troops are questioning more and more the rationale for the war. (And why shouldn't they? Even with the Pentagon-sponsored news blackout in Iraq & Afghanistan, the truth is out: every rationale provided by Bush/Cheney & minions for attacking Iraq has been shown to be false. Moreover, Bush/Cheney no longer have a clear military objective (assuming they once had one.))

      The other point, which wasn't in the original article but I have seen reported elsewhere, is that the escalation is going to take place by increasing the length of tours of duty (which of course is just about the only way it could be done since there is not a spare group of 10,000-30,000 troops). Obviously, soldiers and marines who have already done multiple tours in Iraq are going to have a problem with that. Moreover, lengthy deployments are likely to lead to greater casualities given the simple factor of fatigue, not to mention all the other reports we are hearing about PTSD, etc.

      Bush's incompetence, ignorance, and arrogance knows no bounds. He is systematically destroying the ability of our military to defend this country. He couldn't do a better job of weakening us if he was on the payroll of Al-Qaeda.

      Repairing just this part of the mess Bush is making could easily take 20 years. Whatever else one may be think of Colin Powell, we are going to need more like him to do what he spent his post -Vietnam military career doing: rebuilding a military consumed by profligate chickenhawks.

      A proud daughter of a Marine who fought in Vietnam,

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