Americans Agree That the Afghan War Is a Waste of Time
Matt | On 15, Mar 2011
It’s time to play “State the Obvious” with new polling data that’s out today about the war in Afghanistan.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 64 percent of Americans feel that fighting the Afghan war is not worth it. That’s nearly two-thirds of all respondents. The conflict is going into its 11th year, making it the longest conflict in American history. Somehow they found 31 percent of respondents, a polling low, that actually thought the war was worth fighting. Not sure what planet they live on, but I guess they are entitled to their opinions.
In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing this week, Gen. David Petraeus reminded people that 9/11 was the reason we are in Afghanistan in the first place. He says that the attacks were spawned there, hence our need to complete the mission. Ummm … ok.
“Blah, blah, blah, blah….” That’s exactly how these excuses about war sound to the American people.
Since it started, there has been a strong contingency of the American people who have been against our preemptive conflicts in the Middle East. They were a minority in the beginning, but now they have grown into the majority. It’s really sad how correct they are.
We need to cut our losses over there and leave once and for all. The U.S. is far too concerned with fiscal policy at home to justify spending trillions of dollars overseas any longer. Much of the effort in Afghanistan now is too late. We took our eye off of that nation in favor of Iraq during the early years of that conflict.
In what I define as an “ego move,” we have stayed in Afghanistan, doubled our efforts, and tried to correct our mistake. It would be well-served for our people and our resources to come home and regroup to focus on other important tasks.
Think about it. We would be assed-out if a tragedy like the Japan earthquake happened here in the U.S.! What strong, cohesive military could we depend on our soil? They are mostly in the Middle East now. Seeing natural disasters will really have you EVALUATE how unimportant some shit is.