Recent polling has already shown that the American people are fairly divided about our war kinetic military action with Libya, but if you introduce the issue of the operation’s huge price tag likely voters overwhelmingly believe it isn’t worth the cost. A new poll from the Hill finds that, by a by a two-to-one margin, likely voters don’t think the operation is worth the cost to taxpayers:
The survey found that 25 percent of all those polled said the operation is worth the initial $550 million price tag, while 51 percent said it was not and 24 percent remain undecided.
Pentagon officials last week said the opening days of the bombing and no-fly zone mission ran up a $550 million tab. As NATO and other coalition aircraft take on the lion’s share of the combat sorties, U.S. military officials expect the Pentagon’s costs to level out at around $40 million a month.
This is America’s third war in a Muslim country. It lacks a well-defined mission or a realistic end-game strategy. Even our top military and civilian personnel admit it isn’t in our nation’s vital interest and that Libya wasn’t a direct threat to our national security.
It is not surprising that, after months of near-endless deficit hysteria and politicians insisting we need to cut basic services meant to help Americans, the voters have concluded we don’t have a few hundred million to waste on more military adventurism.
Popular support for this conflict was fairly low to begin with, and I predict it is going to drop very quickly as the price tag keeps growing.