President Obama’s lack of leadership is beginning to effect morale in the United States. Its been three months since General McCrystal sent his report on next steps for the War In Afghanistan. Since the President has been sitting on his military assets, confidence in the War on Terror has plummeted, and now the confidence is falling for both Iraq and Afghanistan.
A Rasmussen study that reports that only 34% of voters say the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror. That’s down nine points from a month ago and 14 points since McCrystal first filed his report
Who is Winning the War on Terror? Dates US/Allies Terrorists Oct 28-29 34% 29% Sep 30-Oct 1 43% 25% Aug 29-30 42% 25% Aug 1-2 48% 21%
As recently as April, 28% said the terrorists were on top, but numbers consistently at that level haven’t been seen since late 2007. The belief by 31% that neither side is winning is the highest such finding in at least three years.
Obama inherited a war in Iraq that was all but won, now just 24% say the situation in Iraq will be better in the next six months, down seven points from 31% a month ago and the lowest finding since May of last year. Thirty-seven percent (37%) say things will get worse there in the next six months, and 30% expect them to stay about the same.
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With October the deadliest month for U.S. casualties since the war began in October 2001, it’s less surprising to find that 57% believe the situation in Afghanistan will worsen in the next six months. This number is slightly higher than in the two previous months and has been worsening since June. Only 13% say the situation in Afghanistan will be better six months from now, and 20% think it will be about the same.
Iran remains at the top of a list of seven countries as the nation that poses a bigger national security threat to the United States. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of all voters cite Iran, followed by 18% who think North Korea is a bigger concern. Seventeen percent (17%) name China.
Afghanistan is now the first choice of 11% of voters, followed by seven percent (7%) who say Pakistan and four percent (4%) each who list Iraq and Russia.
Forty-five percent (45%) of voters say it is possible for the United States to win the eight-year-old war in Afghanistan, but 29% disagree and another 25% aren’t sure.
Forty-two percent (42%) say the United States cannot win the war in Afghanistan if Pakistan remains unstable.
Americans are also not confident in the President’s outreach to the Muslim world. Only 16% say that relationship will be better one year from now. That’s the lowest level measured in the Obama presidency. Thirty-three percent (33%) say the U.S. relationship with the Muslim world will be worse in a year’s time. That’s a slight improvement from last month but still highlights a growing pessimism in this area. Forty-four percent (44%) say the relationship will stay about the same as it is now.
One part of Obama’s “leadership” is working, his apology tour. After 10 months of hearing the president tell the world how lousy this country is, only 29% of all voters expect the United States to be the world’s most powerful nation by the end of the 21st century, 39% disagree and 33% are undecided. At the first of the year, 39% said America would be number one at the end of the century, and 34% disagreed.
The President’s lack of leadership and his constant bashing of Uncle Sam is not only making us look foolish overseas but it beginning to result in an America not confident in its ability to help solve world problems. Truth is the problem lies in a naive president looking to form a world government and not the American people.