By a two-to-one majority, Americans believe that fighting the war in Afghanistan was not worth it, and even more agree with President Obama that the United States should begin withdrawing this summer, according to a new poll by the Washington Post and ABC.
Some, including me, have questioned the military wisdom of President Obama’s strategy, believing the announcement that we will begin to get out this summer signals to the Taliban that they need only hunker down and wait. And some, including me, have questioned the wisdom of losing a war.
But politically, it appears clear, Obama’s approach is a winner.
I do hate to line up against the American people. Even so, it’s not clear that most Americans would agree that ANNOUNCING our intentions was a good idea.
This is what the pollsters asked:
All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, or not? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
----- Worth fighting ---- --- Not worth fighting -- No NET Strongly Somewhat NET Somewhat Strongly opinion 3/13/11 31 17 14 64 16 49 5
Half of those polled were asked the following question:
Do you think the United States should or should not withdraw a substantial number of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan this summer?
Should Should not No opinion 3/13/11 73 21 5