Politics

Poll: Most Americans Regret, Oppose the US War in Afghanistan

| by Michael Allen

The US war in Afghanistan is our nation's longest ever, clocking in at 13 years so far. America has spent billions of dollars, lost 2,289 troops and had another 19,000 wounded.

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 66 percent of Americans say the war is not worth the cost and 50 percent “strongly” believe the war is not worth losing American lives and taxpayer money.

The Washington Post says that most Americans have opposed the war since since 2010, but the US government continues to pour money and lives into a country that has never been successfully invaded.

However, 55 percent of Americans still want to keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan, even though the Afghan President Hamid Karzai has skewered America numerous times for its "help" in the so-called "War on Terror."

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About 40 percent of Americans want all US troops out of Afghanistan, which could happen as Afghan President Karzai has refused to sign an agreement that would keep US military troops in the country after 2014.

The Obama administration did reduce the number of US troops from 47,000 to 32,000 in February, which did not lead to the calamities predicted by Republicans.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll released earlier this week shows that 57 percent of Americans polled believe the United States did “the wrong thing” by invading Afghanistan in 2001.

No one involved in 9/11 was from Afghanistan, but there were reports in 2001 that some al-Qaeda members trained in the country with the Taliban.

But it's generally believed that by the time US forces arrived, al-Qaeda members, including leader Osama Bin Laden, had migrated to neighboring Pakistan.

According to the Associated Press-GfK poll, 53 percent of Americans say the rate of withdrawal of US troops is too slow, 34 percent think it's right and 10 percent claim it is too fast.

Sources: Associated Press-GfK and The Washington Post