US public's support of Iraq war sliding faster now
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Those who are steadfast in their commitment to the war find a deeper meaning for it. Brian Green, a truck driver from Jacksonville, Fla., voted for Bush twice and still supports his efforts on the war on terror, a framework into which he says Iraq fits.Skip to next paragraph
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But Mr. Green's hopes for success – which would be a stable Iraq and only a few remaining US troops – waver often, depending on events there. "You go back and forth depending on the day," says Green, who votes independent. "But it's still absolutely the correct thing to do."
The one constant – Bush's determination to finish the job – is what inspires Green's support. "People forget how serious this is," he says. "Right now, it's just a popularity contest over who hates Bush more, and that kind of politics is just sickening."
•Patrik Jonsson contributed to this report.
March 20: War begins with airstrikes on Baghdad.
April 9: US forces capture Baghdad and topple the statue of Saddam Hussein.
April 16: 74.1 percent of Americans say invading Iraq was the right decision.
May 1: From the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Bush announces an end to "major combat operations" in Iraq.
Aug. 19: At least 24 killed in a suicide bombing at the UN headquarters in Iraq.
Sept. 22: 63.1 percent of Americans say the war was the right decision.
Dec. 14: Announcement of Hussein's capture.
March 8: The Iraqi Governing Council signs an interim constitution.
April 4: US forces launch a first assault to capture Fallujah.
April 30: Images of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse are released.
May 8: Contractor Nicholas Berg is beheaded on videotape.
June 28: The US transfers sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government.
Aug. 10: 53.6 percent of Americans say the war was the right decision.
Sept. 7: American death toll in Iraq reaches 1,000.
Oct. 7: Iraq Survey Group releases the Duelfer Report, which says investigators found no evidence of stockpiled weapons of mass destruction at the time of the invasion.
Nov. 9: US and Iraqi forces begin the second battle for control of Fallujah.
Jan. 30: Elections held throughout Iraq. Turnout is higher than expected.
Feb. 21: 47.3 percent of Americans say the war was the right decision.
March 31: The elected Iraqi National Assembly meets for the first time.
Aug. 31: 956 killed and 465 hurt in a stampede on a bridge in Baghdad during a religious ceremony after rumors of a suicide bomber cause panic among the crowds.
Oct. 10: A majority of Americans – 50 percent – now say the war was the wrong decision.
Oct. 25: Referendum on Iraq's new constitution passes.
Oct. 26: American death toll reaches 2,000.
Dec. 15: Iraqis vote to elect a new parliament.
Feb. 22: Bombing damages the Golden Dome mosque in Samarra, one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines.
June 8: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, is killed.
Nov. 4: 48.1 percent of Americans say the war was the wrong decision; 45 percent say it was the right one.
Dec. 6: Iraq Study Group releases its re port.
Dec. 30: Hussein is executed.
Dec. 31: American death toll reaches 3,000.
Jan. 10: Bush outlines his plan for a troop buildup to improve security.
Sources: American Enterprise Institute, Pew Research Center