The Washington Post has just released virtually every conceivable number recently garnered relative to national demographics and the related percentages of support for the western Asian wars among the American people. Here is the article with the raw numbers and percentages.
To state this simply, there are not enough people that support these wars to keep these young Americans in uniform engaged in combat operations in western Asia for another week, let alone another few years. American majority support, even close to majority, was apparently a Bush Administration myth. Neither the Iraq or Afghanistan operations has anywhere close to American majority support among taxpayers.
Now they tell us!
What I find surprising is the apparent knowledge among the pollsters that for a very, very long time there has been no majority support for either of these wars. I am pretty well informed and I have not seen these number before or any related numbers like this. Why not?
This seems like pretty critical information to me. Now it is entirely possible that I simply did not know where to look for this information in the past, but I am fairly comfortable in my assumption that if this information was easily obtainable prior to today, it was beyond my ability to find it all lumped in together like this in one venue. This information seems to have been "fogged out" or else we would have a national uprising before this.
This bothers me. A lot.
The bottom line here is that this is taxpayer money that is paying for these wars and very few taxpayers want these wars to continue. Seems pretty simple to me. And it also seems apparent now that this has been known by pollsters and government people alike for a very long time.
This ain’t right!
Bring them home Mr. President. Now.
CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)