10.08.2004

Fahrenheit Fact no. 38: Study suggests the military is overwhelmingly pro-Bush

(Thanks to Wizbang blog for the tip): In "Fahrenheit 9/11", Michael Moore does his best to portray our troops as helpless victims of the evils of the Bush regime, pointing out many who dislike the President and his advisers. From the film:
REPORTER: The Pentagon might keep up to twenty-four thousand troops in combat beyond their tour. AMERICAN SOLDIER #13: I know our numbers in the military have gone down. They talk about retention. AMERICAN SOLDIER #14: You never really expect to be deployed this long. I don't think anybody did. AMERICAN SOLDIER #15: I don't have any clue as to why we're still in Iraq. AMERICAN SOLDIER #16: If Donald Rumsfeld was here, I'd ask him for his resignation. NARRATOR: With the war not going as planned, and the military in need of many more troops, where would they find the new recruits? REPORTER: Military experts say three times the 120,000 US troops now deployed would be needed to pacify and rebuild the country. NARRATOR: They would find them all across America in the places that had been destroyed by the economy. Places where one of the only jobs available was to join the Army. Places like my hometown of Flint, Michigan.
But what do most of these troops think about the President? Polling data would suggest that they do not agree with Mr. Moore's politics. Congressman Joe Wilson notes:
“Mr. Speaker, as a 31-year veteran of the Army National Guard and the parent of three children serving in the military, including a son in Iraq, I am glad to report our troops are clearly supporting the re-election of President Bush,” said Congressman Wilson. “According to the independent Army Times, America’s troops are voting today for President Bush by a margin of over four to one. Our troops know firsthand President Bush is courageously leading the successful fight against the terrorists in the Global War on Terrorism. He is the commander in chief to trust with their lives.
(emphasis mine) In case you doubt the Congressman's claims, here's a graphical representation of the study's findings: This study, which admittedly only surved one (random) segment of the population suggests that the military is overwhelmingly pro-Bush, and that the discontented and cynical minority that Moore highlights is just that- a minority. -a_sdf