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Jun302011

Majority Not Worried Afghan Withdrawal Will Spur Terrorist Strikes

US Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment(WASHINGTON) -- Most Americans now say that ending the U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan won't leave the nation more susceptible to a terrorist attack.

In a Gallup poll taken last week just after President Obama announced a gradual drawdown from Afghanistan beginning this summer, 55 percent of respondents claim they're not worried the country will become more vulnerable to terrorists.  That represents a significant increase from December 2009 when 43 percent said they weren't worried about an American military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, just over two-thirds of the respondents to the Gallup poll agreed with Obama's argument that money used to fight the war could be better spent to fix problems at home.

There are several reasons for the change in sentiment over keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  One is that many Americans feel the U.S. accomplished its goal by killing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  There's also a general weariness about the war after 10 years of fighting that has resulted in a basic stalemate with the Taliban.

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