The NY Times reports that support for the occupation in Iraq amongst ground troops is dropping.
Cpl. April Ponce De Leon describes herself and her husband as â€œgung-ho marines,â€ and in two weeks she deploys to Iraq, where her husband has been fighting since March.
But she says she stopped believing in the war last month after a telephone conversation with him.
â€œHe started telling me that he doesnâ€™t want me to go and do the things he has been doing,â€ said Corporal Ponce De Leon, 22, speaking by telephone as she boxed up her belongings in their apartment near Camp Lejeune, N.C.
â€œHe said that â€˜we have all decided that itâ€™s time for us to go home.â€™ I said, â€˜You mean go home and rest?â€™ And he said, â€˜I mean go home and not go back.â€™
â€œThis is from someone who has been training for the past nine years to go to combat and who has spent his whole life wanting to be a marine,â€ she continued. â€œThatâ€™s when I realized I couldnâ€™t support the war anymore, even though I will follow my orders.â€
Recruiting efforts are also down.
Recruiting efforts are also suffering. Despite granting more waivers for recruits with criminal backgrounds, offering larger cash bonuses, loosening age and weight restrictions, and accepting more high school dropouts, the Army said it had missed its recruiting targets in May and June. Pentagon officials say resistance from families is a major recruiting obstacle. Membership is also increasing among antiwar groups that represent the active military and veterans. Military Families Speak Out, one such group, which was started in the fall of 2002, now has about 3,500 member families. About 500 of them have joined since January.
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