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The Left Turns Against Afghan War

This, at least in my mind, has never been a matter of “if”, but instead a matter of “when”. According to the Washington Post, the “when”, has occurred and according to their poll the majority of Americans are now against the war in Afghanistan.

Popularly known, even by Barack Obama, as the “good war” or the “necessary war”, the Washington Post is now saying popular sentiment has turned against it:

A majority of Americans now see the war in Afghanistan as not worth fighting, and just a quarter say more U.S. troops should be sent to the country, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.


Among all adults, 51 percent now say the war is not worth fighting, up six percentage points since last month and 10 since March. Less than half, 47 percent, say the war is worth its costs. Those strongly opposed (41 percent) outweigh strong proponents (31 percent).

This change of perception has been driven by the left, who previously claimed that Afghanistan was indeed the only proper war to be fighting:

Although 60 percent of Americans approve of how Obama has handled the situation in Afghanistan, his ratings among liberals have slipped, and majorities of liberals and Democrats alike now, for the first time, solidly oppose the war and are calling for a reduction in troop levels.

Overall, seven in 10 Democrats say the war has not been worth its costs, and fewer than one in five support an increase in troop levels.

Among the right, the war there is still seen as worth fighting and winning:

Republicans (70 percent say it is worth fighting) and conservatives (58 percent) remain the war’s strongest backers, and the issue provides a rare point of GOP support for Obama’s policies. A narrow majority of conservatives approve of the president’s handling of the war (52 percent), as do more than four in 10 Republicans (43 percent).

Interestingly, as the article states, this is a “rare point of GOP support for Obama’s policies”. And it pits both Obama and the GOP against the left and, I would guess, a Congress which will eventually reflect the constituency reflected in the numbers above. There’s a reason for that.

Congress is on a “dollar hunt” right now to pay for their favorite domestic agenda items. Afghanistan (and Iraq) are places where some dollars can be stolen. Popular support and money should be more than enough impetus to begin the “cut and run” mantra in earnest.

Apparently for the left, since it is no longer a blunt rhetorical instrument with which to beat George Bush over the head, Afghanistan is no longer the “good and necessary war”.



7 Responses to The Left Turns Against Afghan War

  • Triangulating for a political barganing chip.

    Basically they’ll blackmail support out of the republicans for other things in return for not abandoning the effort in Afgahnistan.

    But first they must migration their automatons into opposition to that previously acceptable war.

  • We pack it in, and the Euro’s won’t be far behind….and a few years from now when some organization based in Afghanistan launches it’s GI Joe Nanite bomb on Le tour Effiel, it’ll be the US that’s to blame (and of course somehow it’ll probably be Bush’s fault…ask Erb).

    Not that I’m surprised, historically Afghanistan is a bitch on any foreign army that’s tried to subdue it.

  • Getting Bin Laden suddenly not so important either….

  • Hey, but at least we won’t be, you know, just air raiding villages and killing civilians anymore. Isn’t that what TAO said our military was doing over there?

    sharkGetting Bin Laden suddenly not so important either…

    I know. Funny: when Bush didn’t do it, his failure was unassilable evidence that (A) he was incompetent and (B) we were “distracted” and “taking our eye off the ball” because of the war in Iraq. Now that TAO is making no progress toward the goal… PFFT! No big deal!

    Start looking for libs to argue that A-stan, the Taliban, and even AQ are not “existential threats” to the United States (in that they haven’t got the capability to kill every single American and occupy our territory).

  • After the wave of car bombings in Baghdad, the Iraqi government says it is “struggling to cope without U.S. help.” Let’s see how much this gets played up. My guess, not so much. That might show that the Obama withdrawal plan was not so well-advised.

  • No comments on this from any of our Obama shills, I see. I guess they haven’t received their talking points yet.