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.