One of the most insane notions to emerge in this war is that we need to keep a constant eye out for every variation of public opinion. The slightest erosion in an approval rating means an instant policy reversal.
This is utterly insane.
Now Drudge offers a link to a poll showing falling support in Iraq for the Coaltion.
The same poll purports to show widespread support for Al Sadr and his band of vicious thugs.
The Posse is willing to wager that calls for an immediate pullout from the likes of Ted Kennedy will not be far off.
No war in history has been won by changing strategy every time the public mood alters. Setting aside the sheer insanity of judging the actual feelings of a multi-ethnic nation of 24 million based on 1600 interviews, it should be readily obvious that what the Founding Fathers called the "impulsive passions" of the majorities cannot be a guide for serious public policy.
The poll itself seems poorly concieved. Of course a vast majority of Iraqis would like the Coalition to withdraw, the real question is when and under what circumstances.
A handover of power to Al Sadr or the thugs of Fallujah probably isn't what they have in mind.
American public opinion polls are increasingly less reliable. Why we should suddenly trust overseas ones is beyond the Posse.
This is yet another example of defeatism masquerading a policy debate.