The majority of Americans want a different strategy in Iraq, according to a recent Gallup poll. The poll, dated Nov.1, follows President Bush’s recent radio address in which he said the goal in Iraq is victory and pledged to only change military tactics—not the strategy. Gallup found that 59 percent of Americans thinks the US should change its strategy. Thirty-three percent of those polled agree with the President and advocate keeping the strategy but changing the techniques. When it comes to political parties, the survey found that nearly a third of Republicans want a change in strategy, as well. Democrats and Independents overwhelmingly want to see a strategy change.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.