August 22, 2005
The same week Cindy Sheehan took her grieving mother antiwar crusade to President Bush’s gate, newspapers flashed the grim headline that American deaths in Iraq neared the 2000 mark. That, and Sheehan’s nerve touching protest, should’ve mortally wounded Bush’s flawed, failed, and politically divisive Iraq war policy. But it hasn’t. According to a late July survey by the authoritative Pew Research Center, more than half of Americans still back the war. But even more puzzling, support for the war has actually jumped several percentage points since May 2004. A significant number of Democrats also think the war is going well.