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POLL: After Afghanistan Shooting Spree, Half Of Americans Want Faster Pullout

By Ali Gharib on March 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

"POLL: After Afghanistan Shooting Spree, Half Of Americans Want Faster Pullout"


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Half of Americans surveyed in a USA Today/ Gallup poll taken after a U.S. service member allegedly went on an unprovoked shooting rampage in Afghanistan think the U.S. should speed up its timetable to withdraw its tens of thousands of troops there. One in five respondents think U.S. forces should stay until the mission goals are met, and nearly a quarter supported the current plan to remove forces by the end of 2014. Asked yesterday about poll numbers on Afghanistan, President Obama said: “It’s because we’ve been there for 10 years and people get weary, and they know friends and neighbors who have lost loved ones as a consequence of war.” Conservatives, too, are split on the issue.

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