July 18, 2009

Editor’s note: If we use Gallup as a yardstick, the American public has once again revealed they know absolutely nothing about what is really going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, thanks to the corporate media.

[efoods]Americans remain much more likely to say U.S. involvement in Iraq was a mistake than to say the same about Afghanistan, despite the fact that Americans are more likely now than at any point since 2003 to say things are going well for the U.S. in Iraq.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans say U.S. involvement in Iraq was a mistake, contrasted with 36% who say involvement in Afghanistan was a mistake. Americans’ views of the way things are going in each war are roughly the same — 56% say Iraq is going well for the U.S., while 54% say this about Afghanistan.

Since March 2003, Gallup has asked Americans on 79 different occasions whether the United States made a mistake in sending troops to Iraq, compared to having asked the same question about Afghanistan only nine times since November 2001. This relative emphasis on measuring public opinion about Iraq versus Afghanistan reflects the fact that Iraq dominated news coverage and political debate in the years after the initial invasion in March 2003, consigning Afghanistan until more recently to a status as the “other” or forgotten war.

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