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Confidence in War on Terror at New High: Is the US Winning?

Sixty percent of American voters believe the US is winning the war on terror, according to a new post-election survey. That rate of confidence breaks the previous record of 55 percent. Interestingly, men and women diverge in their levels of confidence — 68 percent of men think the US is winning, compared to 52 percent of women. Do you think the US is headed toward victory in the war on terror?

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pinkreginbows pinkreginbows 7 years
I am not sure if the us is successfully winning but i know its costing alot of lives
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
It's not the only place where we are fighting the war on terror, but it's nice to hear acknowledgement that good things are happening.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I'll agree we're finally turning the tables in Iraq, but Iraq is not the War on Terror.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 7 years
"Or the War on Stupidity or the War on Anger. No more wars against abstract nouns, please." Or the War on Christmas?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Aww Org, come on now :P you know better
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
How about a war on high-waisted jeans? I can get behind that.
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
"and left wing orgs. that exploit our voting systems" I can't help but think this was directed at me.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"the war on abstract nouns is designed to collectivize us the way a real war does. Whether it be the war on drugs, the war on global warming, or the war on terror we are always expected to give up our personal liberties to commit to the war effort. This is especially scary when there is no real war effort. They're constantly seeking the moral equivalent of war." I agree with that completely, organic.
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
I'm with Torg on this one. No, really, the war on abstract nouns is designed to collectivize us the way a real war does. Whether it be the war on drugs, the war on global warming, or the war on terror we are always expected to give up our personal liberties to commit to the war effort. This is especially scary when there is no real war effort. They're constantly seeking the moral equivalent of war. In her book, Hillary Clinton lamented the fact that we all work together during a war effort, and then afterwards everyone goes back to doing their own thing. She wanted us to stay in that mode all the time, which fits with her ideology, I suppose.
kranky kranky 7 years
Wow diadem! I'm touched!
stephley stephley 7 years
This seems like a silly poll.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
Kranky I agree with you! Alert the media!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
There will always be terrorists of some kind, I think. The difference is how mainstream or marginalized their ideologies are.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Bush has screwed global warming with other countries?
bluesteyes bluesteyes 7 years
And there is also global warming, bush has screwed it with other countries, obama has to turn thing around quick.
bluesteyes bluesteyes 7 years
We are not winning this thing just yet people! There are works to be done in the middle east and congo and zimbabwe, these are all related one way or another, we have to help to settle these crisis and the recruiting of terrorists will suffer. It's as simple as that.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
C'mon CG, everyone sevretly wants peace, right? The problem is zealots want peace on their terms, and aren't willing to compromise.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
You cant make peace with zealots like that. I dont like the phrase "war on terror" but I have confidence that we are doing the best we can, but can always do better.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
>I like the war on drugs/poverty/terror. I think it puts in perspective the amount of work that we need to put in to make hedgeway. I don't think the word war is meant to get support behind them. They are long fought battles but to me are worth it. And i feel we are making progress in the war on terror, as this is the longest we have gone without a terrorist attack in a long time. I'd rather be giving my money to fight a war on terror (whether or not it is on the afghan front or iraq front) then be giving them to lazy bums who don't want to work, welfare women who just keep popping out more babies, and left wing orgs. that exploit our voting systems (ahem acorn) Sigh. My head just exploded. All over my freshly painted office.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I like the war on drugs/poverty/terror. I think it puts in perspective the amount of work that we need to put in to make hedgeway. I don't think the word war is meant to get support behind them. They are long fought battles but to me are worth it. And i feel we are making progress in the war on terror, as this is the longest we have gone without a terrorist attack in a long time. I'd rather be giving my money to fight a war on terror (whether or not it is on the afghan front or iraq front) then be giving them to lazy bums who don't want to work, welfare women who just keep popping out more babies, and left wing orgs. that exploit our voting systems (ahem acorn)
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Or the War on Stupidity or the War on Anger. No more wars against abstract nouns, please.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
I'm going to agree with bigestivediscuit. You can't win a war on terror any more than you can win the war on drugs.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"No. The Middle East is a mess, and terrorists are never going to sign a peace treaty" This makes a grand assumption that all we want is peace with the terrorists, which isn't what we want. Terrorists want to wipe the western world off the face of the earth. The people who support the war want to make sure they don't succeed.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
I agree with yesteryear ... whenever I hear the phrase "war on terror", I have to stifle a laugh. But in a way, I also agree with piper above, since we attribute the phrase to other neverending issues like "the war on drugs" or "the war on poverty." Neverending waaaarrrrrr (sung to the theme song of Neverending Story) :sing:
kranky kranky 7 years
I think that Americans' opinions of the war on terror are heavily influenced by the fact that now, we know a lot more about our country's doings with terrorists than we ever have in the past. Could be that I was just an ambivalent student, but it didn't seem like there wasn't alot of transparency about our policies like we have now - for example, the news that came out a few days ago about that SECRET executive order signed in '04. A lot of what we are currently learning is distasteful... doesn't mean that these types of things weren't going on pre-9/11. I also think it's important to point out that we know of incidences after the facts, but the general public is never given the intelligence behind the decisions. It's easy for us to take the high road and condemn our leaders for making hard decisions and passing unpopular policy because we don't know everything and shouldn't expect to. So, for me it's impossible to answer if we are definitively winning because we aren't given all the information. But I voted yes because I think we are making headway. Iraq certianly seems to be going better and I read an article today that Osama is basically cut off from civilization and can't have contact with his peeps anymore. We've also haven't had anymore attacks, so I find it all very encouraging.
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