Support for Afghanistan War Drops to New Lows

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Support for the Afghanistan War dropped to new lows according to the latest New York Times/CBS poll released Monday.

The results come after the brutal killings this month of 17 Afghan civilians by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who has been charged by the military with 17 counts of murder, six counts of attempted murder and six counts of assault.

Sixty-nine percent now say the U.S. should not be involved in the war in Afghanistan, up from 53 percent in November. President Obama remains tone deaf on the subject of the Afghanistan war, stubbornly committed a 2014 timeline for withdrawal.

The poll also shows Americans think the war is not going well for the U.S. with 68 percent saying it’s going badly, with 35 percent saying “very badly.” In addition, 59 percent think the war was not a success.

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14 Responses to Support for Afghanistan War Drops to New Lows

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    Barack Obama is a coward. There is no reason other than political, for him to keep the U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Our so-called “mission”: to capture Osama bin Laden, is accomplished, and now it is time to declare victory and bring our men and women home. Too bad we have a coward in the White House.

  2. feminazi says:

    Obama said we won’t be deterred from the mission. What the hell is the mission? To produce more Robert Bales? This is the definition of insanity. The nation is quite sane — it is the president and the Pentagon brass who is certifiable.

  3. Stephen Iversonn says:

    The USA had two historical examples of failure in Afghanistan to look to:

    1.) The Anglo-Afghan War between England and Afghanistan from 1839 to 1842 which ended in utter failure and,
    2.) The Soviet Union-Afghanistan War from 1979 to 1989 which resulted in downfall of the Soviet empire

    American arrogance is such that history was ignored. I hope our impetulant belief that we could accomplish what neither the UK or the USSR could not doesn’t end in our downfall as a nation.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    Osama bin Laden is dead. So why are we still in Afghanistan? Maybe it has something to do with the expected invasion of Iran? After all, we have 150,000 troops just 1,200 miles from the Iranian capital, so we’re strategically ready to pounce.

  5. Mets Fan says:

    I predict we will be in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

    After all. The U.S. wants its share of the dazzling booty of precious minerals like gold and Lithium discovered in the mountains. Why leave this haul behind to the Afghan people when we can benefit from it?

  6. Estacada says:

    The combined U.S. outlay on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars is now close to $1.5 trillion. Most of it borrowed from China and Japan.

    We will never be able to pay back such a staggering sum of debt. Let’s hope one day in the near future, China doesn’t demand payment on treasury bills we’re unable to make good on or the U.S. might find itself engaged in WWIII.

  7. Rachel says:

    What I can’t wrap my head around is Obama inherited Bush’s Afghanistan war and as Commander in Chief, he has the authority to clean it up yet, he refuses to take the bull by the horns and end the madness. How many more innocent Afghans and American soldiers have to die before we declare victory and end this?

  8. Insouciant says:

    Fighting and dying.
    Dying and fighting.
    For what?

  9. Scott Dancer says:

    All of you are missing the point here.

    Being a wartime president helped George W. Bush win reelection in 2004. Voters said they wanted to give him a chance to finish the job he started. Whatever the hell that meant.

    Barack Obama, with a paper thin economic record to run on, figures he can win the hearts and minds of voters by running for reelection as wartime president too.

    The question is, will the American people fall for it?

  10. Jim says:

    Earth to Obama. Get the HELL out of Afghanistan!

  11. DMason says:

    Our presence there is political. Shame on Obama.

  12. Peace Nick says:

    Political reasons for war result in political disaster.

    Think: Lyndon Baines Johnson.

  13. Randy Arroyo says:

    I believe Obama’s poll numbers would soar if he announced all U.S. troops are leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2012. The American people would cheer.

  14. Pechanga says:

    People keep saying President Obama’s reelection is in the can. To them I ask, are you sure?

    With his refusal to bring the troops home, coupled with gas prices at or near $5.00 a gallon, I think the American people are quite fed up with this president and might not vote to reelect him on Nov. 7th, 2012.

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