Opposition to the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time high, with 63 percent of the public now opposed to U.S. involvement there, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey. Just 35 percent of survey respondents say they still support U.S. involvement. (Source)
Who could have known?
US PUBLIC support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a record low, overshadowing a major review that has revealed modest progress in the conflict.
Please notice the RED area. This is where 90% of the world’s opium is grown. It is also where the most US troops die. According to the NY Times the US military does NOT destroy opium fields in Afghanistan. (Source: NY Times)
The opposition has grown in recent months, despite a big fall in the number of US and allied casualties from mid-year peaks recorded at the height of the US troop surge.
Declining American support for the conflict has been reflected in several recent surveys, but this week’s ABC/Washington Post poll showed a fall of 14 percentage points since July.
Only 34 per cent of respondents said they now supported the conflict, the longest-running war in US history. (Source)
By the way:
A March 20, 2010 front-page New York Times article began this way:
- American Marines in an opium poppy field in Marja, Afghanistan. The US military decided not to destroy the opium fields. (Source: NY Times)
The effort to win over Afghans on former Taliban turf in Marja has put American and NATO commanders in the unusual position of arguing against opium eradication, pitting them against some Afghan officials who are pushing to destroy the harvest. [emphasis added] (Source: NY Times)
According to a March 28, 2010 Reuters article:
U.S. Marines have advanced into one of the main opium-growing regions of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province since February, but have told villagers there they will not destroy the opium crop that is blossoming this month. [emphasis added]
Afghanistan grows the opium poppies that provide more than 90% of the world’s opium, the raw material for the production of heroin and yet the US has taken a firm position to NOT destroy the opium crop in Afghanistan.
“The drug trade is at the center of war in Afghanistan.” (Source)
Notice near zero opium production in 2001–when the Taliban were in power in Afghanistan. Notice the doubling of opium production since the US invasion of Afghanistan.
In Afghan fields the poppies grow.
Between the crosses.
Row on row.
Meanwhile, there’s this:
For, By and Of the People: About 60% of the electorate want us to get out of both wars, so of course the Administration plans on hanging onto both for a few more years despite promises to withdraw. And to pay for these, we’ll have to cut Social Security, gut Medicare and downgrade veteran’s benefits. I’m not really sure who won the election but I’m pretty sure who lost. (Source)
Obama plans to spend hundreds of billions to keep troops in Afghanistan for several more years—because, for some reason, we need to prop up a deeply corrupt and unpopular government. (Source: “U.S. Tweaks Message on Troops in Afghanistan”)
Stewart Dougherty’s List (Source)
Are the following evidence of Democracy?
- When 90% of the American people vehemently rejected the $700,000,000,000.00 ($700 billion) TARP bailout plan, the Master Class put it on a fast track and approved it anyway.
- When a clear majority of the American people said no to a government takeover of Chrysler and GM, the Master Class poured billions of taxpayer dollars into those corporate sinkholes and took them over anyway.
- When the people said no to multi-trillion dollar crony bailouts for the bankers and insurers whose corruption had caused global financial mayhem, the government pledged to those elite insiders more than $13,000,000,000,000.00 ($13 trillion) of the people’s money anyway.
- When the people expressed astonishment and anger that Wall Street planned to pay itself record 2009 bonuses, in the midst of America’s worst-ever fiscal and financial crisis caused by them, Wall Street stuffed its pockets with taxpayer-supported bonus money anyway.
- When the people said no to a proposed $40,000,000,000.00 ($40 billion) bailout of AIG and its elite trading partners such as Goldman Sachs (an amount that subsequently exploded to $180,000,000,000.00+ ($180+ billion)), the Master Class went underground, covertly misappropriated taxpayer money and made the payoffs anyway.
- When Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were nationalized at enormous taxpayer expense, the government approved $6,000,000.00 individual pay packages in 2009 (150 times the average American wage) for the CEOs of both failed companies anyway.
- When a clear majority of the people said no to nationalized health care, even after being bombarded by a multi-million dollar, lie-drenched propaganda campaign designed to bamboozle them, the House and Senate passed nationalized health care bills anyway.
- When more than seven million American workers lost their jobs and were subsisting on unemployment benefits and food stamps, federal government employees, who now earn DOUBLE what private sector workers earn, were given another round of pay and benefits increases anyway.
- When private sector workers’ 401Ks and IRA retirement plans plummeted in value due to economic collapse and endemic Wall Street-orchestrated market corruption (including systemic front running, flash trading, naked short selling and other manipulations), government “defined benefit,” lifetime-cost-of-living-adjusted pension plans, despite already being underfunded by $2,000,000,000,000.00 ($2 trillion), were made richer than ever anyway.
- Afghan War Review: Was the War Worth Fighting? (abcnews.go.com)
- Six In Ten Americans Say Afghan War Not Worth Fighting (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Obama says US on track in ‘difficult’ Afghan war (alternet.org)
- War As An Endless Entitlement Program (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- “If we destroy opium poppy fields, farmers will join the Taliban” (rt.com)
- Security contractor: Afghan police running amok (worldblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- War on Terror just a war of words – US protesters (rt.com)
- 2011: U.S. And NATO To Extend And Expand Afghan War