The number of people saying U.S. troops should be brought home from Afghanistan shot up eight percentage points in a month to 56 percent, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center. Only 39 percent favor keeping them there until the situation stabilizes.
From the Pew report:
A year ago, just 40 percent favored removing the troops as soon as possible, while 53% wanted to keep them in Afghanistan until the situation stabilized. Americans continue to say the decision to use force in Afghanistan was the right one, and 58 percent believe the United States will definitely or probably succeed in achieving its goals in Afghanistan.
The White House denies that polls are driving Obama’s decision on troop levels, but they should. A military commitment needs the support of the population to flourish.
On the other hand, Obama rarely speaks about Afghanistan and has failed the sell the country with a consistent message on why the United States still needs to be fighting there. Actually, the only surprise I had about these poll results is that so many people remember we’re at war.