America Questions What Its Many Sundry Wars Are Good For

CAMP PENDLETON, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Loved ones wave to moving buses on September 11, 2004 at Camp Pendleton, California before the Third Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment departs in support of the war in Iraq on the third anniversary of the attack on the United States. The infantry battalion is assigned to the 1st Marine Division, which is currently conducting Stability and Support Operations in the Al Anbar Province in western Iraq. The deployment of about 170 personnel is part of a regularly scheduled rotation of Marine forces and is expected to last approximately seven months. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) Photo: David McNew/2004 Getty Images

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]