Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Over 60% of Americans say Afghanistan war was not worth fighting

By Ivana Saric, Axios

62% of Americans do not believe the war in Afghanistan was worth fighting, according to an AP-NORC poll conducted Aug. 12–16, as the Afghan government verged on collapse following the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Why it matters: Biden has faced intense criticism over the scenes of chaos in Kabul, where a Taliban takeover has prompted a mass evacuation of Americans and Afghans who assisted the U.S. war effort.

  • The U.S. spent 20 years and billions of dollars supporting the Afghan government and training its security forces.
  • Yet the Afghan military ultimately melted away under pressure from the Taliban, which essentially retook the entirety of the country in 11 days.

The big picture: The poll, conducted Aug. 12–16, found that 47% of people approve of Biden’s handling of foreign policy, only a slight change from a June AP-NORC poll that showed a rating of 50%. The new rating includes 76% of Democrats, 41% of independents, and 15% of Republicans.

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