Americans Confidence Shaken In War On Terror
According to the latest Rasmussen Poll, only 47% of Americans believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror.
This is a remarkable 15% drop from two weeks ago and provides President Obama with a major hurdle to overcome in foreign policy. Last week, Obama decided to commit an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan and plans to remove all combat troops out of Iraq by August 2010.
Remember...the main reason President Obama won the Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton was his early opposition to the Iraq War. His main reason for opposing the war is that he felt the United States needed to focus on the Taliban in Afghanistan and catching Osama Bin Laden.
This is now President Obama's war and he already has to deal with skepticism from the American people on whether or not it is being won. Although the economy is his main challenge, the young president needs to show that he is a strong commander-in-chief who can make wise decisions about the use of our military.
If Iraq reverses into sectarian violence and Afghanistan becomes a worse problem, then President Obama's approval rating will plummet like a rock. It is important that he follows the commands of Gen. David Petreaus and Sec. of Defense Robert Gates who stabilized the situation in Iraq. They have the experience needed to guide a newly inaugurated president to a winning strategy in the Middle Last