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Fall in support for Afghan war worrisome: Jones

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posted on Aug, 14 2010 @ 10:12 AM

President Barack Obama's national security advisor has voiced concern about Americans growing weary of the war in Afghanistan, despite what he called apparent "elements of success."

Asked in an interview whether US engagement in Afghanistan risked the same loss of support that undermined the war in Vietnam, James Jones replied that such a prospect was "very worrisome."

"The biggest fear would be that we might get to a point where we decide that we can't turn this violence around," the retired US Marine Corps general told CNN on Thursday, adding that he doubted that would happen.

A USA Today/Gallup opinion poll released earlier this month indicated that 60 percent of Americans thought the situation for the United States in Afghanistan was "very or moderately bad."

Why do we have troops in Afghanistan? To hunt down and kill insurgents. Is it possible that our invasion of Afghanistan might actually create more insurgents and actually in the long run make the US and the world less safe!! from militant extremists?

Perhaps this realization is why 60% of Americans view this invasion as a bad idea and time to bring the troops home.

I think the real reason for US presence in the mid east in general is for oil and mineral resources and we will never leave.

[edit on 14-8-2010 by whaaa]

posted on Aug, 14 2010 @ 10:46 AM
Were in a damned if we do and damned if we don't position at this point. The population is war weary, the reasons for being in Afghanistan were valid and justified and we should have been focused solely on doing what needed to be done there. Pausing the mission in Afghanistan to focus on Iraq, did nothing to help our cause with their population and now we have the political mess we have now there. Just pulling out will destabilize the area and there are no guarantees that they won't suffer a political collapse and end up right back where we started.

Historically the US population has always gotten tired of fighting when wars have extended beyond their shelf life. When we understood what we were fighting for and even more so when the reasons were less clear. For the American public its almost time to clock out and go home yet when we look at the job that we have done it doesn't really look like much has been done.

posted on Aug, 14 2010 @ 11:08 AM

Originally posted by Jovi1
the reasons for being in Afghanistan were valid and justified

Yes, we have to have the opium, and the banks need the drug money to launder to stay solvent, and that pipe line that the U$rael blew the deal on...
If the Taliban hadn't asked for some kind of proof that OBL was quilty of something and just handed him over to be lynched, along with the pipe line, and several tons of opium, and the trillion dollars worth of natural resources, then the Taliban that was created by Zbigniew Bryzynski (Carter's National inSecurity Advisor) could have prevented this wholesale slaughter of civilians and football heroes like Pat Tillman...

(ooops I mean US black ops wouldn't have had to assassinate him triple tap to the head from Ten feet away and Bush wouldn't have had to knowing lie about him being killed in a Taliban ambush...)

Yes the war was completely justified, I mean without 911 where would all the mucky mucks in washington have known to put all ther short sell money on those airlines..I mean they wuld have had to gamble on the stock market...

yes completely justified...

we need that money and the more of them we kill the less they need it
Oh yeah Christianity Uber Ales!
Dang brown people.

[edit on 14-8-2010 by Danbones]

posted on Aug, 14 2010 @ 01:25 PM
Not to mention....for all the deficit hawks ALL OVER ATS....


posted on Aug, 14 2010 @ 04:26 PM
The previous post is incorrect. We are paying for it. Figures given out state nearly 1,000,000.$ per soldier per year.
Afganistan seems to be bad luck for the invaders. Consider that before the British were defeated there, they could say the sun never set on the British Empire. After, they were the British Isles and some colonies.
The Russians were the mighty USSR before their attempted invasion. Now they are Russia and satellite states.
What is in store for us?
Look back in history and see almost every powerful leader has tried his hand at that country. Few held it for more than years.

[edit on 14-8-2010 by SimplyGord]

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