1 in 3 Recent U.S. Veterans Say Iraq and Afghanistan Are Not Worth It
Posted on Oct 5, 2011
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
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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Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War speak to a crowd in Atlanta in 2007.