Only 25% of Americans Support Afghanistan War

Sunday, April 1, 2012

As President Barack Obama remains stubbornly affixed to the 2014 timetable for U.S. withdrawal from the eleven-year old Afghanistan war, only 25% of Americans favor the war in the Asian country.

According to the the latest CNN/ORC International survey released Friday, only 25% of Americans support the war. Perhaps most telling, for the first time, a majority of Republicans voiced opposition to it — the first time since the war began in 2001.

Hapless Defense Secretary Leon Panetta responded by saying:

“We cannot fight wars by polls. If we do that we’re in deep trouble.”

Speaking of trouble, President Barack Obama is facing reelection in 2012. He will have to explain to voters why he remains a lone supporter of a war that has cost the American people more than $500 billion dollars and 1,922 lives.

Increasingly, Mr. Obama is resembling the late President Lyndon Johnson who chose to escalate U.S. forces deployed in Vietnam. A strategy of discontinuity that cost him any chance of a second term as president.

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10 Responses to Only 25% of Americans Support Afghanistan War

  1. Stephen Iversonn says:

    MEMO to OBAMA:

    Osama bin Laden is Dead
    Osama bin Laden is Dead
    Osama bin Laden is Dead

    Time to bring the troops home, Barry. Do it now. Stop politicizing the Afghanistan war.

  2. onefly says:

    I expect nothing. That way I’m not disappointed. I’d be really unhappy if I ever thought I was going to get something from these whores. bama is one in the same as the one who came before him.

  3. Fran says:

    “We cannot fight wars by polls. If we do that we’re in deep trouble.”

    Ummm, the “ deep trouble” ship has already sailed.

    Did you hear they paid $50K to the families of each person the soldier w PTSD shot?
    How much is your family member worth???

    I firmly believe, if the big bad superpower country can’t accomplish their goals in 10 years, then get out. I suspect they are just biding their time, staying in the area till the next war…. Iran of course.

  4. spiketoronto says:

    He is resembling President Nixon, vis-à-vis the Vietnam war, more than he is resembling Johnson.

  5. joost says:

    As I recall, if memory serves, Obama campaigned promising to pull the troops out of Afghanistan in 2012? What happened? Stephen Iversonn said it: Bin Laden is dead. There is no reason for the US to remain there another two years. Why can’t this president make a decision?

  6. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    As I recall, if memory serves, Obama campaigned promising to pull the troops out of Afghanistan in 2012? What happened?

    What happened? The 2012 presidential election. That is what happened. Obama is afraid of the generals and hawks like John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Obama is a coward.

  7. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Not to mention, with Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales slaughtering 17 Afghan civilians, President Obama has himself his very own Ly Lai massacre to tout to the American people.

    Obama’s celebrated intelligence is greatly overrated.

  8. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    2014 will become 2016, and 2016 will become 2018, and 2018 will become 2020.

    The U.S. will be in Afghanistan into perpetuity. Just like we’re in Germany, and South Korea, and Japan. It’s a never ending feature of the American cultural identity.

    We could be known for our generosity, our universities and our art and culture. But no. America is known as a military occupier.

  9. Joe in Colorado says:

    Joost is very much correct. Obama campaigned back in 2008 pledging to end the Afghanistan war by 2012. While he gets credit for pulling the troops out of Iraq, the Pentagon Generals have his ear when it comes to Afghanistan. Many think — me included, that his refusal to redeploy the troops from Afghanistan has to do with the anticipated Israeli attack on Iran.

  10. Randy Arroyo says:

    Staff Sgt. Robert Bales slaughtering 17 innocent Afghan civilians means President Obama has blood under his fingernails.

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