Tuesday, February 24, 2009

An Informative Poll

From Rasmussen Reports:

Confidence in how America is doing in the War on Terror has dropped dramatically in the past two weeks. Just 47% of voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 23% believe the terrorists are winning, while 25% say it's a draw. Six percent (6%) are undecided.

Just over two weeks ago, 62% said the United States and its allies were winning the war, a new record high. Only 14% said the terrorists were winning at that time. The latest results are similar to those found in early January

Now this is interesting. Have any major defeats been incurred on the battlefronts? No. Have any major blows been struck by the jihadists? No. Has there been any major civil unrest in either Iraq or Afghanistan? No. Has Osama bin Hidin' released any new threats against the US, Europe, or any other civilized nation? No.

So what's the difference between now and two weeks ago? Obama (blessed be He) addressed the issue and said he was sending more troops to Afghanistan. People are beginning to realize just who we have as Commander in Chief, and what the implications may be.

I have a feeling that circumstances may constrain Obama's actions somewhat, but he has stated (a) that he wants to close Gitmo (but only sometime in the future); (b) that he wants to pull troops out of Iraq (but he doesn't know when); (c) that he wants to add troops to Afghanistan (but has not elucidated a startegy - not that anyone else has); and (d) that he wants to cut way back on military expenditures (to help subsidize his incredible spending goals). This whole thing reminds me of a former Democrat president named Johnson, who wanted to fight a war without really fighting a war. W was bad enough, but at least he seemed to keep his eye on the goal of winning. This new set of guys seems primarily interested in exiting without looking too bad.