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Is it time to leave Afghanistan?

Public disenchantment with the war continues to grow

By Peter Kellner   January 2013

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Over the past five years, what residual optimism existed about Afghanistan has drained away. At no point did more than a tiny minority think we were winning; but the proportion that thought we would eventually succeed has halved from almost four in ten to fewer than two in ten. Not surprisingly, the proportion thinking our troops should be brought home as soon as possible has grown.

In some ways, public disenchantment with the war in Afghanistan is more telling than opposition to…

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