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    (They left information out, of the 500 they polled who favored having U.S. soldiers fight and possibly die to eliminate the "threat" of terrorists operating from Afghanistan, 90% opposed a draft. Further, 100% opposed either themselves fighting directly or their direct loved ones. lol lol lol, this is exactly what Obama needs to bolster 'support' for this nightmare)

    Most Americans see Afghan fight worth US bloodshed: poll - Yahoo! News

    NEW YORK (AFP) A solid majority of Americans are willing to see some of their countrymen die to achieve a terror-free Afghanistan, but US misgivings about sending more troops remain, a poll released Wednesday said.
    Sixty-five percent of US voters "are willing to have American soldiers 'fight and possibly die' to eliminate the threat of terrorists operating from Afghanistan," according to the Quinnipiac University poll. Only 28 percent said otherwise.
    But 49 percent of those surveyed said the United States will not be successful in crushing the Taliban insurgency as it gathers steam, against 38 percent who projected success in the US-led mission.
    The findings came amid growing public anxiety and party divisions over the course of the eight-year war against a backdrop of rising troop deaths and an Afghan election widely seen as fraudulent.
    While most said the war in Afghanistan was the "right thing" for Washington to do, they showed concern: 50 percent expressed worries the United States would stay "too long" in the war-torn country and 32 percent said America was "headed for another Vietnam."
    Of those surveyed, 28 percent said a large US military contingent should be in Afghanistan for less than a year.
    Another 21 percent supported US involvement for one to two years, while 14 percent said two to five years and 30 percent backed keeping US troops there for "as long as it takes."
    "The American people are deeply conflicted about the war in Afghanistan. Two-thirds of voters can tell you that the war is related to the 9/11 attacks and see the current effort there as worthwhile to prevent a reoccurrence," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
    "But they don't want a prolonged military commitment and there is obvious nervousness about requests from the military to send more troops to Afghanistan."
    Of those surveyed, just 38 percent want troop levels there increased, while 28 percent said they want to lower troop levels. Twenty-one percent want to maintain the current troop level.
    The poll was released as President Barack Obama weighs a decision on a revamped strategy that could see him send up to 40,000 more US soldiers to Afghanistan, as requested by his war commander, General Stanley McChrystal.
    A rift has emerged within the Obama administration between those backing further troop deployments to help secure the Afghan population and others, notably Vice President Joe Biden, said to back a more counterterrorism approach focused on targeting Al-Qaeda militants with mostly unmanned airstrikes.
    The president is holding a series of meetings on his strategy, with a decision expected within weeks, and held talks with key Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday.

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    But 49 percent of those surveyed said the United States will not be successful in crushing the Taliban insurgency as it gathers steam, against 38 percent who projected success in the US-led mission.
    I'm in that 49 percent, because if the mission is to 'completely free Afghanistan from the Taliban' it's not going to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I'm in that 49 percent, because if the mission is to 'completely free Afghanistan from the Taliban' it's not going to happen.
    ITA. We've been there what, eight years now? I really don't see the purpose. I personally believe Osama Bin Laden is dead and those videos of him are edited old videos of him spewing the same old shit.

    Get the troops out and let's worry about what is going on in this country and try to get out of this hole we're in. Money better spent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelais View Post
    ITA. We've been there what, eight years now? I really don't see the purpose. I personally believe Osama Bin Laden is dead and those videos of him are edited old videos of him spewing the same old shit.

    Get the troops out and let's worry about what is going on in this country and try to get out of this hole we're in. Money better spent.
    I don't even consider Bin Laden the big threat anymore, dead or alive. I think the bigger issue is the Taliban moving into Pakistan, and making sure that the Taliban can't get anywhere near Pakistan's nukes. Once that's done, let's get the hell out of Dodge.

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