Support is plummeting among the Afghan people for the President Hamid Karzai's administration in Kabul, as well as for the Western military and economic presence, even though opposition to Islamic radical insurgents remains strong, a recent survey found. A majority of Afghans would also not welcome a substantial increase in the number of American troops in their country, according to the opinion poll.
On February 17, Obama reportedly approved the deployment of at least an additional 17,000 US troops to Afghanistan. The decision signals that Washington is intent on pursuing a surge strategy in Afghanistan.
The Afghan opinion survey was commissioned by a coalition of Western television broadcasters, including the US-based ABC News, the British Broadcasting Corp. and the German ARD network. Gary Langer, Director of Polling for ABC News, presented the findings February 11 at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
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Richard Weitz is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.