Sixty percent of Americans want pullout timetable
Published: Wednesday May 9, 2007
Print This  Email This

Six out of 10 Americans support setting a timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, despite the fact that most also believe Iraq will devolve into civil war, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

Additionally, 78 percent don't believe claims by the Bush Administration that US forces' presence in Iraq is preventing new terrorist attacks. A majority expect terror attacks on the US to continue regardless of whether troops are withdrawn.

USA Today said the poll results "underscore the limited traction the Bush administration's arguments have gotten as White House officials and congressional Democrats negotiate an interim bill to finance the war."

Also Wednesday, Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise visit to Baghdad in which he pressed Iraqi leaders to set aside any rifts and work harder on national reconciliation before Washington's patience runs out.

Cheney met with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and his majority Shiite and minority Sunni vice presidents, as well as the key ministers for oil, finance, the interior and foreign affairs.


With wire services.