Two thirds of US Americans against Afghan war


This video from the USA is called Rethink Afghanistan War (Part 4): Civilian Casualties.

By Luke Johnson in the USA:

Afghan War Poll Finds That Two-Thirds Say That It Wasn’t Worth The Cost

07/26/2013 10:38 am EDT

Nearly 12 years after U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan, two-thirds of Americans think that the war was not worth the cost, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday.

Twenty-eight percent think the war was worth it, and 43 percent say that it has contributed to the country’s long-term security. The amount of those who think the war hasn’t been worth it, 67 percent, is a new high for ABC polls, and slightly exceeds those who thought the Iraq war was not worth it in April 2007.

The poll comes as relations between Afghanistan and the United States are at a low, following the collapse of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban, and President Hamid Karzai’s suspension of talks over a long-term security agreement after 2014, when coalition forces are scheduled to leave. President Barack Obama, frustrated with Karzai, reportedly is considering the idea of a so-called zero option of no troops beyond 2014. However, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday in Kabul that he had not been asked to prepare the scenario.

21 thoughts on “Two thirds of US Americans against Afghan war

    • Hi, the article mentions a “long-term security agreement after 2014, when coalition forces are scheduled to leave. President Barack Obama, frustrated with Karzai, reportedly is considering the idea of a so-called zero option of no troops beyond 2014. However, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday in Kabul that he had not been asked to prepare the scenario.”

      Such a long-term “security” agreement would mean only partial withdrawal=no withdrawal.

      Earlier public opinion polls also registered majorities against the Afghan war; though not as big as now.

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  1. for any military action to have a successful outcome (if there is such a result worth paying for) requires a political solution (end game). Every war the west has become involved with since the Falklands in the 80s right through til now has had no political exit strategy – just an excuse to depart due to rising costs. Russia failed in Afghan so has the current coalition forces. In Libya the issue migrated to neighbouring countries – there are no winners in war – the political outcome is determined on the economic scenario currently being played (the west is living beyond it’s means – austerity programs). The West’s military budget has gone through the roof and is overly reliant on technology (costs not viable) so we will withdraw – the west measures success in economic growth and body bags the opposition seek their reward in the life beyond. Opinion polls are only reliable when the war is being fought in your back garden and your have first hand experience of the cost of war. So you will see increased messages articulating a withdrawal.

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