Martin C. Evans

Americans Increasingly Weary of Afghanistan War

In Uncategorized on January 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm

President Obama, honoring the Oct. 29, 2009 return of 18 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan, including SSgt. Keith Bishop, of Medford (AP)

A record 60 percent of Americans say the war in Afghanistan has not been worth fighting, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

The grim assessment of what has become America’s longest war comes as the Obama administration prepares its one-year review of its revised strategy.

Overall,  only 34 percent of people canvassed in the ABC News/Washington Post poll released last month said the war has been worth fighting. Already, U.S. taxpayers have spent $370 billion on the 9-year war with no clear path to victory in sight.

Public dissatisfaction over the war could provide a drag on the already dreary 48.4 percent job approval rating saddling President Obama.

When President George W. Bush was in office, his job approval numbers declined along with public approval of the Iraq War. Support for the Iraq war sagged to below 40 percent between 2005 and early 2009, and Bush’s popularity sagged along with it.

Opposition to the war in Afghanistan is high even among Republicans, half of whom say it has not been worth the cost in blood and treasure.  Only one in three Independents say the war has been worth fighting, and only one in four Democrats.

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