Americans support more troops in Afghanistan 47/43

Update: 6:57 pm EST Special Report just noted an AP report indicating two military (?) sources saying TOTUS has made a decision and is planning to send 20k troops. All panelists agreed it was a political decision and will be seen as such and Stephen Hayes noted it endangers the entire war effort.

Tick Tock Barack. Make the tough decision, you wanted the job, now carry it out. We need more troops. As Hillary said today, this is not a fight we can avoid.

I consider it a bad sign that pollsters are asking the public favorability ratings based on the NUMBER of troops. This is a decision for the Commanders on the ground, not the polling and not the pols in Biden’s rolodex, especially not John Kerry.

Based on the polling I expect TOTUS will do what he always does: essentially vote present by not sending enough troops and not withdrawing, IOW McChrsytal’s worse case scenario.

God bless the troops, their families and the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, especially the women and children who were the targets of today’s bombings in Peshwar.


…a majority of Americans – for the first time in the Obama presidency – says the U.S. is headed down the wrong track, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted Oct. 22-25….

…On Afghanistan, Americans support a troop increase by 47 percent to 43 percent with 10 percent undecided. Last month, they opposed it by 51 percent to 44 percent with 5 percent undecided.

However, when asked about specifics about increasing the number of troops, Americans oppose by 49 percent to 43 percent sending as many as 40,000 additional soldiers as requested by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan.

If the number of troops was 10,000, 55 percent would support the increase compared to 36 percent who would find it unacceptable. The public divides at 45 percent each on the option of withdrawing nearly all troops and using Predator drones and special forces to attack al Qaeda camps….

October 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Armed Forces, Politics, Terrorism.

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