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Friday, July 18, 2008

Americans' Faith in Afghan War Fades By EMILY FRIEDMAN

ABC News:

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll found that a startling 45 percent of Americans said they do not think the war in Afghanistan is worth fighting, despite the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which provoked the war in the first place.

The growing disenchantment with the Afghan deployment hasn't reached the level of national frustration with the Iraq war, but after more than six years with U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan and violence on the rise, Americans are becoming increasingly wary about the country's involvement.

Soviet's spent 10 years there. Despite what most Americans think about that war, Soviets tried to civilize the place: allow women work, fight illiteracy and bring a great level of secularism to the society. The latter was, of course, "a bad thing" for Bush's administration. I think that it could have worked if NATO through its "friends" didn't fight a proxy war with Soviets there. Now, Soviet Afghan war veterans are looking at NATO forces and understand what they're going through very well. Soviets had very brutal ways of civilizing wild places, but they worked. I think that NATO would either have to withdraw from Afghanistan or become like Soviet troops, ruthless and hard. Otherwise, we're stuck there forever with no results.

"With Afghanistan, the reality is that McCain thinks this is in our national security interest," said Brian Rogers, a McCain campaign spokesman.
This crazy old man doesn't seem to mind any war. If you ask him if we should fight Martians, I'm sure he'll say that it would be in our national interests.

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