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1 in 3 Recent U.S. Veterans Say Iraq and Afghanistan Are Not Worth It

Posted on Oct 5, 2011
Brooke Anderson (CC-BY)

Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War speak to a crowd in Atlanta in 2007.

A third of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars say neither conflict was worth fighting, and a majority believe their leaders should focus on the crumbling economy, infrastructure and other issues back home rather than on foreign affairs.

The results pose something of a challenge to the Obama administration as it attempts to maintain public support for continued war making and security operations in both countries.

Roughly half reported that deployments strained their relationship with their families. More than 90 percent said they matured during their service and were proud to have fought.

The nonpartisan Pew Research Center published the findings, which were based on surveys conducted between late July and mid-September. Almost 4,000 veterans and non-veterans were polled. Read the full report here. —ARK

The Guardian:

One in three veterans said neither war was worth the sacrifice; a view shared by 45% of the public polled. Some 50% of veterans said the campaign in Afghanistan had been worthwhile; 41% of civilians agreed. Among veterans, 44% said the war in Iraq was necessary; 36% of civilians shared that view.

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By diamond, October 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

Even if it was three out of three why would the corporations and the politicians they’ve bought or intimidated care? Corporations and their servile, bribed footsoldiers have made truckloads of money out of both wars and continue to do so. Until this poisonous connection between corporations, governance and war is broken they will continue to wage war for profit. And that includes the surveillance, Big Brother, wing of the war on terror.

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By berniem, October 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment

See the proof! 2 out of 3 veterans of these wars are idiots! FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!

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By boston blackie, October 6, 2011 at 11:33 am Link to this comment

It is too bad that they didn’t feel this way before they decided to go to war!
We had the draft during the fifties and sixties and it did not stop our wars in Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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By thecrow, October 6, 2011 at 4:30 am Link to this comment

“The momentum of Asia’s economic development is already generating massive pressures for the exploration and exploitation of new sources of energy and the Central Asian region and the Caspian Sea basin are known to contain reserves of natural gas and oil that dwarf those of Kuwait, the Gulf of Mexico, or the North Sea.”

- Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard, 1997

“I’ve learned an immense amount from Dr. Brzezinski.”

- Barack Obama, 2007

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By PatrickHenry, October 6, 2011 at 3:03 am Link to this comment

If we had a draft most of these wars would never have happened.

It is only when we face risk as a nation that the fools and scoundrels are kept at bay.

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By expat, October 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment
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foreign aid is gonna be decreased for all countries…

except for israel (that is gonna increase).

(check it out)

what does that tell you?

now in whose interests were these wars really for?

connect the dots yet?

goyim blood is cheap.

and it’s gonna happen again…

Pakistan, Iran, Syria…

US interest, really?  NOT !

BTW…  all jews get free health care (including dental) and free university as soon as they come back to israel (among other benefits - also real dirt cheap luxury housing with pool and the works in settlements). Now who do you think pays for all that?

suckers is what goyims are.

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