Americans Agree: The War In Afghanistan Is Not Worth Fighting
With record numbers of U.S. troops being killed in Afghanistan, with Pentagon expenditures for the war skyrocketing and with little or no evidence that the U.S. occupation is making the country more stable, safe, free or humane, a majority of Americans now say the war is not with fighting.
Fifty-one percent of those surveyed for a new Washington Post-ABC News poll now say the human and economic cost of the war is too great.
Forty-seven percent say it is worth its costs.
Perhaps most significantly, passionately opposition to the war now significant outstrips passionate support for it.
Forty-one percent of those surveyed said they were strongly opposed to the occupation.
Just 31 percent say they were strongly supportive.
Barack Obama authorized surging 17,000 additional troops into Afghanistan at the start of his presidency, making a commitment to extent an occupation begun by George Bush and Dick Cheney as a supposed effort to track down those responsible for the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Now, as Afghanistan prepares for presidential elections Thursday, the fighting in many parts of the country is more intense than ever.
There is widespread speculation that General Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, will request more troops in short order.
That escalation is not going to play well with the American people.
A striking 45 percent said they were opposed to dispatching more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
Only 24 percent of those surveyed expressed sympathy for McChrystal's scheme.
What these numbers add up to is an even stronger argument for Congress to check and balance the escalation of a war that should not be extended.