The week and months leading up to Veterans day has not been a pretty time for the military, both at home and overseas. Too many lives have been lost. Too many decisions have not been made.
Americans are split over whether President Obama is taking too long to decide whether to send more U.S. troops to the war in Afghanistan, according to a new national poll.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey also indicates that, by a narrow margin, Americans think that the president should listen to the recommendations of the generals in charge of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The poll’s release Wednesday morning comes hours before the president is to meet again with his national security advisers to discuss policy in Afghanistan.
According to the survey, 49 percent of people questioned say the president is taking too long to decide whether to increase U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan; 50 percent do not.
Its not alot, its a small margin, but its time that something is done.
“There is a gender gap on this question, with most men saying Obama is taking too long and most women willing to give him more time,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “That’s due in part to the partisan differences between men and women, but gender differences on the use of military force, and maybe even differences in how the genders make important decisions, can also be contributing to the split.”
The poll indicates that 52 percent think Obama should listen to the generals, with 48 percent saying the president should take other matters into account as well. But a troop buildup remains unpopular, with a separate question indicating that a majority opposes sending more troops.
Roughly one in five Americans opposes more troops, yet also thinks that Obama should pay attention to the U.S. military leaders in that country, Holland said. “That suggests that a lot of people who don’t support a troop build-up are unaware of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s request for a bigger U.S. military presence there.
So where do we go from here??
A war is never any easy decision, but neither should leaving our troops there in limbo?
Make a decision.
Or am I wrong??