How strong is U.S. will for Afghan fight?
When George W. Bush was president, Democrats and other critics repeatedly said the United States was fighting the wrong war — it was not Iraq that should have been the center of U.S. military attention, but Afghanistan.
The thinking then was that Afghanistan was where Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda crew had planned the Sept. 11 attacks under the protection of the Taliban and they were the ones to pursue and attack.
Now that Barack Obama is president, he is trying to wind down the war in Iraq and send more troops to Afghanistan. But it’s been eight years since the Sept. 11 attacks and more than six years since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and Americans are war-weary.
A new CBS News poll found that support is declining for sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, dropping to 25 percent from 39 percent in April. Obama’s approval rating on handling Afghanistan fell eight points to 48 percent from 56 percent in April.
Obama is to review a new report from General Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, which is sure to fuel the debate inside the administration over whether to send more American troops to Afghanistan.
What do you think should be the next step for the United States on Afghanistan?
Photo credit: Reuters/Oleg Popov (U.S. soldier in Afghanistan)