Americans are Sharply Divided on Joe Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan

A substantial number of American voters support the Biden administration’s plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Though there’s a significant number of people who are not in agreement.

According to a recent survey released by Rasmussen Reports, 32% of “Likely” America voters believe American military forces should be pulled out from Afghanistan, even if the Taliban ends up filling in the power vacuum as a result of this move. 36% disagree with the move and 33% are unsure. 

Although less than a third of voters back the withdrawal, 55% do somewhat agree, which includes 25% who “Strongly Agree” with a recent statement Biden made: “The current security situation only confirms that just one more year fighting in Afghanistan is not a solution, but a recipe for being there indefinitely.” 

21% of voters are in disagreement and 23% are unsure. 39% of voters believe that withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan will heighten the risk of terrorist attacks against America. Only 8% believe that the withdrawal will reduce the risk of terrorist attacks in the U.S. 37% believe that a troop withdrawal will not make much of a difference as far as the risk of terrorist acts against the U.S. are concerned. 16% are unsure.

Democrats tend to be more supportive of pulling out of Afghanistan than other voters. 38% of Democrats support removing military forces from Afghanistan even if the Taliban takes over the country. 25% of Republicans and 31% of independent voters share similar beliefs. 

By contrast, 47% of Republicans oppose the Afghanistan withdrawal, while 29% of Democrats and 31% of independent voters oppose the move. 

Regardless of what one thinks of the Biden administration, his Afghanistan decision is the right call. Since 2001, the US has been involved in an endless conflict inside of Afghanistan which has cost the U.S. $2 trillion and the lives of 2,300 troops. Not to mention the civilian casualties, where estimates indicate that over 71,000 civilians have perished in the conflict.

Many thinkers like Lysander Spooner warned about the perils of a state with a monopoly on force run by a detached ruling class. Their interests generally do not align with those of the heartland. At a time when the US border is collapsing, the last place America needs troops stationed is in a distant backwater like Afghanistan.

The biggest threats to American national security lie across its southern border. The sooner the American political class comes to grips with this harsh reality, the easier it will be to tackle this matter and re-orient the country’s security concerns.

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