CNN has found that support for the war in Afghanistan is below 20% of the American public.
It has been said, that the problem with conservatives is the failure to show up to a protest, or something of that nature. And, for the most part, that’s true. We don’t, typically. Thankfully, some Tea party types are bucking the trend, but, we’ve a long ways to go to match the left. This is, in part, because of our very nature. We’re individualists. Personally, I hate being stuck in a throng of people, regardless of the cause or event.
But, this isn’t about our lack of participation in angry demonstrations. It’s about the left’s seeming unwillingness to do so. CNN has this to say ……
Just 17% of those questioned say they support the 12-year-long war, down from 52% in December 2008. Opposition to the conflict now stands at 82%, up from 46% five years ago.
“Independents have a much gloomier view of the war in Afghanistan than Republicans or Democrats,” Holland said. “That may be because a Republican president started the war and a Democratic president has continued it, so there may be some residual support among people who identify with either party.”
Well, yes, and no. We should recall what the stated purpose of the mission was. It was to find Bin Laden. The reason why 52% of the people favored it in 08 was because president Zero used it as a wedge issue and contrasted it against the unpopular war in Iraq. For many of us, by then, realized that the original aim wasn’t what we were doing there.
Now consider the 17% number now. I suppose there are some Repubs who would still support us being there, but I don’t know who or why. At one time, with our presence in Iraq, and Afghanistan, it almost made sense because of the sabre rattling with Iran, and the tactical advantage of having two large forces bordering Iran. Clearly, that’s not the aim now, if it ever was. 17%. Assume that’s equally split among Dems and Repubs, (I don’t have the details of the poll). That would mean that over 90% of the Dems don’t believe we should be there. So my question is, where the hell are they?
Remember all the protests and whatnot, pronouncing Bush and Cheney as war criminals and the like? Where is the group-thinking group-joining throngs of angry people demanding the immediate withdraw? Where have they been?
Well, we all know the answer to the questions. They put politics over what they deem as good for the nation. They don’t give a rat’s ass about the soldiers or civilians or how this affects the world view of America, they just care about the optics of a Dem president. Which, BTW, we see CNN engaging in the same. Here’s an early paragraph …..
The U.S. timetable for Afghanistan calls for the removal of nearly all troops by roughly this time next year, and that can’t come fast enough for the vast majority of Americans. Just over half would rather see U.S. troops withdrawn earlier than December 2014.
Oh, we’re going to withdraw at the end of next year, anyway, right? Later in the article ….
Some 2,300 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the war began in the autumn of 2001. The U.S. is quickly drawing down its forces in Afghanistan. If a bilateral security agreement that would keep up to 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the end of 2014 isn’t signed in the near future, the U.S. could withdrawal all forces from Afghanistan at the end of next year.
The fact is, we have no hard and fast commitment to withdraw our forces and the Obama administration is vying to have our troops there in perpetuity. Again, where the hell are they?
I find this part of the article curious, as well.
Fifty-seven percent say the conflict is going badly for the U.S. and only a third say America is winning the war in Afghanistan.
How would you know whether or not things are going badly or whether we’re “winning” or not. We don’t have an objective!!! In order to win something, you have to have a goal of some sort. Can anyone even give the stated objective for our presence in Afghanistan? Anyone?
This is why this conflict is less popular than any other conflict. Regardless of how one felt about the other conflicts, there was a stated goal. Further, in Iraq, there were demonstrable and quantifiable gains. We ended a despotic tyranny. We introduced millions to democracy. And, we had a military presence in the midst of a part of the world in turmoil and we secured a source of energy for the world. Sadly, again, because of the optics, this administration and at the approval of the left, we’ve thrown away any and all gains made in Iraq. Thrown away because politics take precedence over the welfare of this nation or any other nation, for that matter.
For me, this is a difficult thing. I’m well aware of the various disagreements as to what is and isn’t in the interests of the US and it’s people. Reasonable people can disagree. But, here, we see that the disagreement isn’t about what is in the interests of this nation or this nation’s people, or even Afghanistan’s. It’s about what’s in the interests of the Democrat party. It’s difficult not to loathe them for this.