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CNN Poll: 63% of Americans Want Out Of Afghanistan
Posted by on January 3rd, 2011

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By Steve Hynd

You can fool some of the people all of the time…especially if they vote Republican.

More than six in ten Americans oppose the U.S. war in Afghanistan, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday also indicates that 56 percent of the public believes that things are going badly for the U.S. in Afghanistan.

Sixty-three percent of people questioned in the poll say they oppose the war, with 35 percent saying they support the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

…The survey indicates a partisan divide, with three-quarters of Democrats and more then six in ten independent voters opposed to the war, and Republicans supporting it by a 52 to 44 percent margin. A minority of Democrats and independents say the war is going well, with a majority of Republicans saying things are going well for the U.S.

Afghanistan, Obama's war of choice, has now gone the way of Iraq: only Republicans now support the ongoing occupation, and that only by a thin margin.

So where's our democracy?

Well, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R) is showing he's divorced from reality, as always, by saying that not only should the U.S. have permanent bases in Afghanistan, but that the Afghans have to "earn" those bases

And as figures are announced that show over 10,000 people were killed last year in Afghanistan, with civilian deaths and injuries up 20% on last year, NATO spokesman Brig. General Josef Blotz channeled World War One era British Field Marshall Douglas "Butcher" Haig to give some bass-ackwards justification for the death toll:

"Our casualties are not a proof of any failure of our strategy. On the contrary,"…"before it gets better, unfortunately it has to get worse"

Suuuure, General. And I'm sure Haig said something similiar just before the Somme. But sometimes, it getting worse is just because it's getting worse.

What does it tell us when one anonymous U.S. commander is reported as describing Afghanistan as a " non-stop "Tom and Jerry" cartoon, but life-claiming and hazardous"?

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  1. This is not surpriseing. There will be no end if we continue to stay there. These people have been fighting for thousands of years. They don't understand our type of government or our way of thinking

  2. Gpetz says:

    count me in, out of Afghanistan, to reduce the deficit. And stop using petroleum, take the bus

  3. I am almost sure this subject was examined on CNN

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