by Luke Johnson at Huffington Post
Posted: 03/26/2012 7:11 pm
Updated: 03/27/2012 1:24 am
A U.S. Marine watches as an Osprey carrying Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives at Forward Operating Base Shukvani, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (AP Photo/Scott Olson, Pool)
Support for the Afghan War has dropped precipitously, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released Monday.
The results come after the killing this month of 17 Afghan civilians, allegedly by Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who has been charged by the military with 17 counts of murder, six counts of attempted murder and six counts of assault.
Sixty-nine percent think the U.S. should not be involved in the war in Afghanistan, up from 53 percent as measured by CBS in November. A Washingtona Post poll conducted before the killings, but after burned Qurans were found at Bagram Air Base and after American soldiers were caught urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters, found that 60 percent said the war not worth fighting.
The poll also shows that Americans think the war is not going well for the U.S. — 68 percent think it’s going badly, with 35 percent saying “very badly.” In addition, 59 percent think the war was not a success, versus 27 percent who think it has been.
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