(CNN) - Support for the war in Afghanistan has fallen to an all-time low with the majority of Americans saying the U.S. should withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan before the 2014 deadline set by the Obama administration, according to a new poll.
The CNN/ORC International survey released Friday indicated only 25% of Americans favored the war in the Asian country. A majority of Republicans voiced opposition to it, for the first time since the war began in 2001.
Washington (CNN) - Half of the American public says the U.S. should speed up the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, according to a new poll.
A Gallup national survey, released Thursday, also indicates that 24% say the U.S. should stick to the current timetable to pull all troops out by the end of 2014, and 21% say the U.S. should keep a military presence in the war torn country as long as it takes to accomplish its goals.
Washington (CNN) - Senators from both parties expressed shock and dismay Tuesday at the shooting of Afghan civilians by an apparent rogue American soldier this weekend, but most said the tragic incident should not lead to a change in the current U.S. policy that has combat troops withdrawing from the country by 2014.
"I support the policy the administration has laid out to move toward a transition over the next couple of years," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader from Kentucky who is often critical of Obama administration policies. "It certainly has been a very difficult period with the incidents that have brought this all so much to home again. I still think, though, it's important to remember the reason we went there and what happened when the Taliban was running the country."
(CNN) – The situation in Afghanistan seems to be going from bad to worse despite 10 years on the ground for hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops, diplomats, private contractors and aid workers who have rotated through the country. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent.
The commander of all U.S. and NATO forces, Gen. John Allen, was upbeat in an interview with me Monday. “The campaign is sound,” he said. “It is solid. It does not contemplate, at this time, any form of an accelerated draw-down.”FULL STORY
Ocean Springs, Mississippi (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called Sunday's shooting rampage in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of 16 civilians "obviously horrific" and "very tragic."
"The person that was involved obviously has to be brought to justice and brought to justice quickly," Santorum said.
(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday that the recent shooting of Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier was "very very sad" and that "our hearts go out to these innocent people."
"One of our soldiers went into a couple of homes and just killed people at random - very very sad especially following that incident dealing with the Qurans," Reid, D-Nevada, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's just not a good situation. Our troops are under such tremendous pressure in Afghanistan. It's a war unlike no other war we've been involved in, but no one can condone or make any suggestion that what he did was right. It was absolutely wrong."
(CNN) - It's hard to believe but American taxpayers are still shelling out $2 billion a week in Afghanistan. That adds up to more than $100 billion a year.
Maintaining a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan of nearly 100,000 U.S. troops is certainly not cheap.FULL STORY
Spokane, Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich lambasted President Barack Obama for apologizing to Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai Thursday, suggesting the United States pull its troops out of the country after two American troops were killed Thursday.
Gingrich was the first Republican White House hopeful to criticize the president for apologizing after Muslim holy books containing extremist language were burned by NATO soldiers.
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – Mitt Romney swept into Nevada on Wednesday evening and sharply criticized Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for declaring that the United States and NATO plan to end combat operations in Afghanistan sometime in 2013.
Romney said the public announcement jeopardizes the Afghanistan mission and “our commitments to freedom.”
(CNN) - Joanne Gutcher sits on the cold ground at Arlington National Cemetery Saturday. For the first time, she is seeing her son's headstone.
Around her, family and friends hold each other, touch the headstone. Among the visitors is Gena Hernandez, who served with Gutcher's son in Iraq. Hernandez believes she wouldn't have made it back without him. He was an excellent gunner.FULL STORY