Poll: 1 In 3 Vets Sees Iraq, Afghan Wars As Wastes

A new opinion survey says one in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not worth fighting. Most of the vets polled by the Pew Research Center also think that after 10 years of combat America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems.

The results of the survey are based on two polls -- one of 1,853 veterans and one of 2,003 adults who had not served in the military.

Nearly half of post-9/11 veterans say deployments have strained their relationship with their spouses, and a similar share report problems with their children.

On the other hand, 60 percent say they and their families have benefited financially from having served abroad in a combat zone.

And asked for a single word to describe their experiences, the war veterans offer a mixed picture, calling them: "rewarding," "nightmare," "eye opening," "lousy."

Nearly 4,500 U.S. troops have died in Iraq and nearly 1,700 in Afghanistan. Combined war costs since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have topped $1 trillion.

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  • by Bob on Oct 5, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    I'm a Vietnam vet also and I agree with Retired Navy. We've gotten bin Laden; the Afghan war no longer has anything to do with 9/11. The Iraq war never did have anything to do with 9/11. It's time to stop the money flow into these wars. The money will be better used here in the US. If we stop the wars, the federal deficit disappears; no tax increase on businesses, no trashing of Social Security or Medicare. Surely that's more important to our people than continued vengence against people who are mostly already dead (bin Laden and others).
  • by ncyankee Location: golsboro on Oct 5, 2011 at 05:03 AM
    @ RETIRED NAVY, I agree, bring the men and women home, and let them guard OUR borders for a change. then cut off all the billions to overseas to countries that hate us, and pump the money into the economy. very well said, thanks for that comment..
  • by Jeff Location: Mississippi on Oct 5, 2011 at 03:33 AM
    Hey retire Navy ! You seem to have forgotten 911. Your country was invaded DA ! Crawl back in your hole. From a Vietnam Vet.
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      by Tyler on Oct 5, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to Jeff
      and don't forget all the thousands of dangerous weapons of mass destruction such as yellow cake that was found in Iraq.
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      by Where??!! on Oct 5, 2011 at 07:26 AM in reply to Jeff
      Where were we invaded? Where are fighting on our soil? It was a one time attack!! Some failed attacks, but fighting over seas will not stop terrorist attacks here!!!! Do you remember what they said about Vietnam "if we don't fight them over there we'll be fighting them here". Well... where are they??!! I can't even find a decent Vietnamese resturant around here, much less fight anybody!! PS we didn't win that war... remember??!! Oh by the way, that was the same reasoning used for: Korea, Iraq, Vietnam, etc. We have NOT been in a war since WWII that truly was a national security risk. PERIOD!!! Face it we've been mislead by politicians and folks associated with making money off these conflicts and not true security issues!!! It's time we took care of ourselves, then and only then can we help others!!! Take care of your own 1st, then offer help to true friends, you know folks that actually like you and would return the favor if needed!!!! Trying to be the world's policeman and bully probably led many folks to hate us and want to attack us anyway!! Speak softly and carry a big stick, NOT go around and beat everybody up and expect them to like/respect us!!! If we pursue a true democracy and take care of our own, we'd be much better off!!
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        by Bob on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to Where??!!
  • by Retired Navy on Oct 5, 2011 at 12:53 AM
    The numbers are likely even higher than that. I think everyone knows these wars are a mistake, but many are unwilling (or afraid) to admit it. My hat's off to all who are serving overseas, but we have to all ask ourselves "Why are they there and at what cost?" Besides fighting the Taliban and others, the US is spending $BILLIONS$ overseas on "nation building" while our own nation is literally falling apart. The US Dollar is at it's lowest value ever, unemployment in NC is over 10% again, one in four children lives in poverty, schools have no money for books, real estate is dead, etc. etc. Yet the President and Congress just don't seem to get it. These wars are a sink hole that's just dragging our nations economy and the future of our youth into a dark abyss.
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      by here on Oct 5, 2011 at 05:27 AM in reply to Retired Navy
      Could not agree more!

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