America Questions What Its Many Sundry Wars Are Good For

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What do Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, and Yemen have in common, besides being places you're not considering for your next family vacation? They're all active American war zones! (Or, as the Obama administration would refer to them, "war" zones.) Fighting all of these wars and "wars" at the same time, after so many years of endless combat, has taken its toll on the American public. According to a poll by the Hill newspaper, a whopping 72 percent of likely voters say that "the United States is fighting in too many places." As for our most deadly conflict, only 36 percent say that our presence in Afghanistan is making the United States safer, a figure that includes only 45 percent of Republicans. This war fatigue is good news for presidential candidates like Jon Huntsman and, to a lesser degree, Mitt Romney, both of whom have expressed eagerness to bring the troops home. Also, of course, Ron Paul, who has wanted to bring every troop home from everywhere for quite some time now.

The Hill Poll: Majority says military involved in too many places [Hill]