Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Afghans: US, Not Taliban to Blame for Violence

We're still losing the "war on terror."

WASHINGTON (AFP) — A nationwide survey of Afghans out Monday shows plummeting support for US and NATO/ISAF forces in Afghanistan, and a rise in the number who believe attacks on those troops are acceptable.

The poll of 1,500 people in Afghanistan's 34 provinces, conducted by three Western broadcast networks -- ABC News, the BBC and Germany's ARD -- also shows lower support for President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan central government.

Forty percent of Afghans surveyed say their country is heading in the right direction, down 77 percent from 2005, according to the poll.

Afghan opinion of the United States has nosedived: 47 percent had a favorable opinion, down from 83 percent in 2005. US favorability plunged 18 percent in 2008 alone, according to the survey.
Considering Afghanistan is where we stand to gain actual ground against terrorism and what motivates those who support it, this is not good news. And while it's encouraging to hear reports that Obama is demanding a clear strategy -- complete with exit plan -- before committing more troops, I think it's time we realize, as we should have before even going into Iraq, that this is not a problem with a military solution. Never has been.

No comments:

Post a Comment