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AP MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins' latest giveaway idea is drawing criticism from anti-war groups.
The Twins plan to distribute a GI Joe action figure at Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals. The first 5,000 children at the game will get a nearly 4-inch tall action figure called Duke.
The Twins say the promotion is a way to honor local military personnel.
But groups such as Veterans for Peace, Friends for a Non-Violent World and Women Against Military Madness object to the giveaway and are asking the Twins to cancel it.
posted by Bushblows. 80 percent of Iraqis want us out. Actually the polls may be higher now.
posted by astroblade. i just wanted to correct your poll figure. it's much closer to 50-60 percent of iraqis want U.S. forces/control out.
Other telling findings of the survey were that an overwhelming majority of Iraqis, 71 percent (and that figure rises to 81 percent if the Kurdish areas in the north are excluded), now see the US-led coalition as an occupying force and not as liberators. USA Today reports that a solid majority, almost 60 percent, want the US and its allies to leave immediately, even if it means the security situation will deteriorate.
A broad survey of U.S. troops in Iraq by a Pentagon-funded newspaper found that half of those questioned described their unit's morale as low and their training as insufficient, and said they do not plan to reenlist.
The survey, conducted by the Stars and Stripes newspaper, also recorded about a third of the respondents complaining that their mission lacks clear definition and characterizing the war in Iraq as of little or no value.
Originally posted by Smudge
I find this is often the case here, someone raises a point that deserves discussion, and everyone jumps all over the small print, dispute the polls all you like, quote left and right wing sources, but address the main point for gods sake. Do you feel that people who are anti war are being labled anti soldier?
If you are anti war, how do you then reconcile your love of your country and the right of your troops to act accordingly with your disgust at the continuing occupation and the embarressing political manouvering of your leaders.
I am an ex soldier who served in the first Gulf war amongst others, I have good mates who are in Iraq and I am almost as proud of my country's military as I am anything else, yet I think everything about this war is wrong, the shifting of emphasis from, 'danger to the world', to 'suppressor of his people', to name one, and as for WMD, please.
Originally posted by Smudge
Or because we feel that its people are mistreated ( there are, god knows, how many other countries in the same situation)
Originally posted by NavyDog
Deenutz - you said it my friend. Sudan, Rwanda, North Korea, Iran - so many other options.
I am new to ATS but I will put a standing challenge out there to prove without a doubt that Iraq posed a true strategic and imminent threat to the US to warrant a pre-emptive strike. They did not and that is really what is at stake here: not wmds, not links to anyone, not mass genocide committed years ago with us supplied goodies, etc.