This video is called Rethink Afghanistan War (Part 4): Civilian Casualties.
From Associated Press:
May 9, 2:25 AM EDT
AP-GfK Poll: Support for Afghan war at new low
AP National Security Writer
WASHINGTON — Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good, according to an AP-GfK poll.
In results released Wednesday, 66 percent opposed the war, with 40 percent saying they were “strongly” opposed. A year ago, 37 percent favored the war, and in the spring of 2010, support was at 46 percent. Eight percent strongly supported the war in the new poll. …
Chris Solomon, an independent from Fuquay-Varina, N.C., is among the respondents who strongly oppose the war. He said the military mission has reached the limits of its ability to help Afghans or make Americans any safer, and he would close down the war immediately if he could. While the rationale for the war is to fight al-Qaida, most of the day-to-day combat is against an entrenched Taliban insurgency that will outlast the foreign fighters, he said.
“What are we really doing there? Who are we helping?” he said in an interview. …
But in a trend that complicates discussion of the war in this year’s presidential campaign, support for the war is plummeting even among Republicans. People who identified themselves as Republicans backed the war at 37 percent, down from 58 percent a year ago.
Among Democrats, support dropped from 30 percent last year to 19 percent now. About a quarter, 27 percent, of independents favor the effort, similar to the level last year.
Bipartisan Majority Of Americans Agree With French President On Afghanistan: here.
Against War and Austerity, Hollande Is Right and Obama Should Agree. Robert Naiman, Truthout: “Newly elected French President François Hollande is coming to the White House next week to meet with President Obama … Press reports suggest that Obama’s agenda for the meeting will include trying to induce Hollande to renege on his pledge to withdraw French troops from Afghanistan. That would be a terrible mistake, a terrible waste of a unique opportunity for Obama to agree with Hollande on a common position for speeding up the withdrawal of all foreign forces that they can announce at the NATO summit in Chicago”: here.
Afghan tension: ‘US military, CIA out of control’: here.
US military officers have been taught that their enemy is Islam and that they might ultimately have to obliterate Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths: here.
US attack kills five Afghan kids: here.
At a Military Hospital, Warriors Are Not the Only Wounded. Michael Winship, Moyers & Co.: “The weather’s getting warmer in Afghanistan and the war there is heating up again. That means – as it has meant every year for more than a decade – that the pace will quicken at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. More casualties will be brought to this largest American military hospital outside the United States. After all the years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of the doctors, nurses, and other staff at Landstuhl are exhausted or worse”: here.
Stop the War campaigners said today that the coalition was to blame for the deaths of two British servicemen in Afghanistan: here.