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Majority of Americans Oppose Afghan War Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Aug 22, 2010, 03:58 pm

Afghan Americans.jpgA significant majority of Americans see no good conclusion to the Afghanistan War, and almost six in 10 oppose the nine-year-old war as President Barack Obama deploys tens of thousands more troops to the war, as disclosed by an Associated Press GFK poll.

The Washington Times reports that, “with just over 10 weeks before nationwide elections that could define the remainder of Obama’s first term, only 38 percent say they support his expanded war effort in Afghanistan – a drop from 46 percent in March. Just 19 percent expect the situation to improve during the next year, while 29 percent think it will get worse. Some 49 percent think it will remain the same.”

The figures could spell doom for the president and his Democratic Party, already contending with high unemployment, a slow economic recovery and a $1.3 trillion federal deficit. Substantial dissent – 58 percent are against the war – could decrease Democratic turnout when the party desperately seeks to energize its supporters for midterm congressional elections.

According to the Washington Times, “a majority of Americans do welcome Obama’s decision to end combat operations in Iraq. Some 68 percent approve, a number unchanged from earlier this year. The last American combat brigade began leaving Iraq on Thursday, ahead of Obama’s Aug. 31 deadline for ending the U.S. combat role there.”

65 percent oppose the war in Iraq and a mere 31 percent favor it, seven years after that conflict started.

The rising frustration with the Afghan war was apparent in Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional District, nearby Concord where Minutemen battled for a new country in 1775. In Lawrence, whose textile mills were dependent upon the surging Merrimack River, frustration with the war seems evident.

Terry Landers, 53, an electrician from North Andover, said, “if they could resolve the issue, stabilize the government, that would be good. But we can’t do this forever and lose more lives.”

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