Magazine article The American Enterprise

Iraq: Establishing the Peace

Magazine article The American Enterprise

Iraq: Establishing the Peace

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In April, 84 percent of those surveyed by Gallup said that establishing a new government in Iraq would be more difficult than winning the war. Although Americans are generally wary of foreign entanglements, they believe that we have a responsibility to finish a job once it's begun. They say we must try to establish a stable government in Iraq. Part of the explanation for their support for building a functioning government stems from their belief that a stable Iraq can be a beachhead in the war against terrorism. People are divided about how well U.S. efforts are going there.

Question: Which of the following do you think ...?

Establishing a new government         84%
in Iraq once the war is over
will be more difficult for the U.S.

Winning the war                       13%
in Iraq will be
more difficult

No opinion                             3%

Source: Gallup/CNN/USA Today, April 2003.

Note: Table made from pie chart.

Question: Do you think ...?

Most of the challenges in the   75%
war in Iraq remain ahead

The war is generally            18%
over, with most of the
challenges behind us

Not sure                         7%

Source: NBC News/Wall Street Journal, July 2003.

Note: Table made from pie chart.

Question: Now that Saddam Hussein's government
is toppled, do you think ...?

The U.S. has the responsibility to    74%
remain in Iraq as long as necessary
until there is a stable government

No answer                              2%

Does not                              24%
have this
responsibility

Source: Program for International Policy
Analysis, August-September 2003. … 
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