US: 60% say Afghan war not worth cost

2012-03-12 10:00

Washington - Sixty percent of Americans believe the war in Afghanistan is not worth its costs, and nearly the same number advocate an early US pullout from the country, a new poll showed.

The survey by ABC News and The Washington Post indicated that the number of sceptics was nearly double the 35% saying the decade-long effort has warranted the expense and lost lives.

Overall, 54% of all Americans want to pull out US troops from Afghanistan even if the Afghan army is not adequately trained to carry on the fight, according to the survey.

About six in 10 Democrats and independents back this position, the poll showed. In the Republican Party, four in 10 take the same position.

Just 30% of Americans believe that most Afghans endorse the current US strategy in their country, the survey found.

The United States and its Nato allies plan to pull out their troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and hand over security operations to the Afghan army.

  • Fidel - 2012-03-12 10:04

    It is worth a lot to the defense contractors and other corporations that supply the US army with consumables. War is a racket!

      zaatheist - 2012-03-12 10:22

      Have to agree with you on that. This 'war' is unwinable. Sad for the Afghan people but they should be left to the mercy of the hate filled religious zealots. America should not overlook the fact that Muslims kill more fellow believers every day than they do anyone else. The Darwinian solution is to just leave them to get on with killing each other.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-12 11:08

      @Racist Fidel, ""War is a racket"" True, just ask the Syrians, the amount of cash the BUTCHER OF DAMASCUS, pays the Russian and Iranian governments for their military hardware, he uses to mow down HIS OPPOSITION !!!!!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-03-12 11:38

      I agree. Money spent is money earned.

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