An opinion poll released Monday shows nearly seven out of 10 Americans opposing the war in Afghanistan, a record level of antiwar sentiment since the US invaded the country over a decade ago.
This new indication of rising hostility to the war came as the US-led occupation forces faced a new string of attacks by Afghan government security forces that have called into serious question Washington’s strategy for a sustained military presence in the country.
Conducted by the New York Times and CBS News, the poll reflected the growth in popular revulsion toward the war in the wake of the horrific March 11 massacre of 17 Afghan civilians, most of them women and children, in Kandahar province. The Pentagon has claimed that this slaughter was the work of one “rogue” soldier, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Afghan villagers, however, have insisted that a number of US troops were involved in what they saw as a particularly brutal special forces “night raid” of the kind carried out across Afghanistan.
Sixty-nine percent of those responding to the poll said that US troops should not be in Afghanistan, with only 23 percent agreeing that the US government is doing the right thing by continuing the fighting there. That is the lowest level of support for the war ever recorded and is down from 36 percent last November.
This reminds me of a point Rebecca made last night, it's harder and harder to believe that public opinion matters or that governments listen.
If that's true -- and it certainly feels true -- then the true role of the press is to distract us and create lines where there are none -- like the difference or 'difference' between a Democratic politician and a Republican one -- so that we never get just how little we matter and are instead forever kept on the verge of seeing what we want come to be. Consider the voter little more than a lottery ticket buyer -- but with worse odds.
Congress. I've attended four hearings this week. Not real impressed but I am a little under the weather. My only 'keen' observation on /Congress would be that the Senate has water bottles like you or I would drink -- water bottles for the witnesses; the House uses water bottles that are smaller and look as though they were purchased at Dollar General or some other dollar store.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"