In the last year support for the war in Afghanistan has continued to crumble at a rapid pace, with the latest poll once again finding support for the war at a new low. According to a new AP-Gfk poll only 27 percent of Americans now favor the war, while last year 37 percent favored it.
Currently two-thirds of the country opposes the war in Afghanistan, with 40 percent now saying they “strongly oppose” the war. This is the first time that there are significantly more Americans who are “strongly opposed” to the war than strongly and somewhat favor it. Opposition to the war has grown both in size and intensity.
Given that it is an incredibly costly war that now lacks any clear mission, purpose, or end game, I suspect opposition will only continue to grow.
This election is likely to focus a fair amount on the issue of the federal deficit, so one would think the fact we are wasting billions in a foreign war the American people don’t support or need would be an actual scandal. In a functioning democracy such a deeply unpopular war should be a huge campaign issue. Sadly, I don’t have high hopes, given the presumptive Republican and Democratic nominees and our current system.
It is time to get out of Afghanistan now.