Can you believe today marks the 15th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom? It turns out most Americans don’t remember exactly when the war started; 47 percent of respondents in a new poll said the war started in 2001 or earlier.
We still have troops on the ground in Iraq and while Americans are supportive of our troops they do not believe our strategy has the made the United States safer or the Middle East more stable. A majority of Americans believe it’s time for us to decrease our deployment or bring the troops home from both Iraq and Afghanistan.
One of the more troubling findings of this new poll by the Charles Koch Institute is that Americans do not have clear understanding of how much money we spend each year on our military. While most believe we spend $100 billion, actual spending is close to $700 billion and recent action in Congress will significantly increase the total budget at a time when a majority of Americans don’t see the need for more spending.
What do you think? Please take a moment to share your opinions. Here’s a look at some of the poll’s highlights to give you some additional insight. https://www.charleskochinstitute.org/news/iraq-war-15-year-poll-with-real-clear/?preview_id=18024