Wednesday, October 14, 2009


At first I was skeptical about the results of this new poll....

Americans, In Reversal, Now Back Afghan Troop Surge

As President Obama mulls the military's request for a big troop build-up in Afghanistan, Americans have swung in favor of such a move, according to a new IBD/TIPP Poll.

The survey of 927 adults found that a plurality of 48% favors sending more troops and resources to Afghanistan. That's a sharp reversal from September, when Americans opposed the idea, 55%-35%.

But then I read further and realized that the results make perfect sense:

... the turnaround comes from a surge in support from Republicans -- up 27 points just in October to 72%. A month ago, GOP respondents had leaned against sending more troops, 47%-45%.

Independents narrowly support beefing up America's commitment to Afghanistan, 45%-42%.

But Democrats say no more blood and treasure by 57%-32%....

GOP support is up 27 points in a month? Oh, perfect. A month ago, Republicans were split -- some were willing to support the war just because it's a U.S. war, but a plurality opposed an Afghan escalation, obviously because Obama seemed to be in favor of it (and against pursuing War Hero Bush's noble cause in Iraq). But now that General McChrystal's call for 40,000 additional troops has allowed the hawks and neocons to reframe the issue as Hippie Obama versus Pro-America Americans, the Republican electorate has done a mass 180.

What doesn't Obama seem to want? That's what I want! So say we all!

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