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The Range of Americans' Opinion on Iraq
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The Range of Americans' Opinion on Iraq

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The Range of Americans' Opinion on Iraq

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People around the country have a range of opinions about what strategy the United States should adopt in Iraq. The ideas range from keeping the military there as long as it takes to defeat the insurgents, to getting troops out as soon as possible. Our tape comes from Boston; Eugene, Ore.; Harrisburg, Penn.; Omaha, Neb.; and Helena, Mont.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

This week we've been fanning out to collect an unscientific sampling of public opinion on the war in Iraq, asking people across the country, from Boston to Omaha to Oregon, to share their views.

Ms. LESLIE GEORGE (Resident, Boston): I think we need to get out. I think we need to go ahead and make, and I am a Republican but I agree with the Democrats, you know, trying to make a deadline for when they would get out of Iraq and I think we need to do that.

Mr. PAUL RIPLEY (Resident, Omaha): I feel like if we're not over there taking care of business they're going to be over here, and I'd rather stop them over there. You know, I'm not going to be like the people that think they know everything they know. I feel like some things you put in the guys' hands that are in charge of it, that's what they do for a living, take care of us, and I'm going to let them do it.

Ms. MARJORIE SMECKLE (Resident, Eugene): It is sad, it is aggravating and, from my perspective, it is wrong. I think at this point we need to set an orderly withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. To me, it is the same situation as Vietnam. We don't know who our friends are, we don't know who are enemies are, we don't have a clear goal and we don't have a plan for meeting it.

Mr. ED MASSEY (Resident, Helena, Montana): I think we have to win this war. I believe that these people are our enemies and it doesn't matter what we do, I don't think we can bring them to any reasonable contentment. If there was some way that we could negotiate with these people, that would be the course to take. But you cannot reason with a jack donkey. He'll kick your brains out.

Mr. BRIAN CHENEY (Resident, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania): The government gotta do what they gotta do, but I don't think our troops should be there. You know, they did their job, doing what they had to do. Now its time to get them boys out of there and bring them home. Them people over there don't want help. They don't want our help, you know, so I think it's best just to let them be and just come on home. You know, let's worry about - we've got bigger problems here at home than over there.

That was Brian Cheney in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. And before that, Ed Massey in Helena, Montana, Marjorie Smeckle in Eugene, Oregon, Paul Ripley in Omaha, Nebraska, and Leslie George in Boston, Massachusetts.

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