Obama at 35% Approval on Afghanistan

Posted: 1st December 2009 by Scott @ The Right of a Nation in General Politics

According to Gallup Polls, Obama’s approval rating on the topic of the war in Afghanistan has dropped from 56% to 35% in about 4 months. http://www.gallup.com/poll/124520/Obama-Approval-Afghanistan-Trails-Issues.aspx

I don’t think this has anything to do with the decision that he has made to send around 36,000 additional troops (slightly less than the 40,000 suggested by Gen. McChrystal).  I don’t think the American people are necessarily disagreeing with that, as the war in Afghanistan has always supposedly been the “good” or “righteous” war that we should have been fighting, as opposed to the one in Iraq that many now believe was started on false pretenses, despite the information I’ve posted here on this blog.

I think the American people have a dislike for the amount of time that it has taken for Obama to come to this decision.  I think they dislike the thought of the President being wishy-washy and not being able to come to a firm decision in a reasonable amount of time.  Not only that, but I think Matt Patterson’s article over at American Thinker shows the other reason people are not confident in Obama or happy with his decisions on this war.  The American people are smart enough to see through attempts at appearing strong by sending a large number of troops while at the same time putting a ceiling on the amount of success they may have by giving them a preset withdrawal date.

Dick Cheney may be right in his recent assessment that Obama is “projecting weakness” as referenced in the recent Politico article (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/30024.html), although I don’t necessarily agree with former Presidents or Vice Presidents commenting on current administrations.

The people may have ended up disagreeing with George W. Bush on many issues, but one thing that could be counted on was that he was firm in his beliefs and knew what he thought was right, and I think Americans do respect that.

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