Fourth District Congressman Ike Skelton said the Iraq war is the first time Americans have supported the troops, but not their mission.
Responding to an Associated Press poll that indicated 59 percent of those polled thought the U. S. had made a mistake in going to war, but the respondents overwhelmingly supported the troops.
"I think this is the first time in recorded history where the American people wholeheartedly support the troops and support for the mission is waning," said Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.
The 15-term lawmaker cited the greater involvement of the National Guard and Reserves in the war. Some 25,000 members of the Guard and Reserve are in Iraq among the 132,000 U.S. troops.
"People have a neighbor or a cousin," Skelton said.