A Sampling of Opinions on Iraq Troop Pullout

Polls suggest that a majority of Americans aren't happy with the state of things in Iraq, but they are divided about whether — and how soon — the United States should withdraw its troops. We talk to Americans in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Ohio to hear their opinions on the war in Iraq.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Recent polls show Americans are unhappy with the state of efforts in Iraq and at the same time unsure of the consequences of withdrawing troops. Here's a small sample of views from around the country this week:

Mr. BRIAN JANSON(ph) (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania): Things have kind of bogged down but, you know, that's what happens in war. It'd be nice if they could get some kind of exit strategy together but, you know, you've just got to keep the troops in your prayers and hope everything turns out for the best.

Mr. STEVE MARTIN (Omaha, Nebraska): We need to go ahead and stay as long as we need to, because that's where the security for this country's at. If we left too soon and too early before they were ready, then it would be a bad thing for the world.

Ms. EVE WILLIAMS (Yellow Springs, Ohio): I don't think we should pull out right now because the country is already, it's in pieces and we brought it to the point where it is today, you know. And if we stay there, at the same time, it's like, what are we doing there? Like we're just - it's going longer and longer, and it's just going to keep getting worse.

Mr. JOHN LUCERE(ph) (Eugene, Oregon): I'm tired of hearing about my brothers from Madras, Oregon, or wherever in this country coming home in a box. Okay? We can't set up a government in another country. Bring them home. I don't care how you save face, how you do it, get our boys and girls home.

BLOCK: That's John Lucere in Eugene, Oregon. And before him, Eve Williams in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Steve Martin in Omaha, Nebraska, and Brian Janson in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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