(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – People in the United States believe their president was right in accepting the resignation of the Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 53 per cent of respondents agree with General Stanley McChrystal’s dismissal.

Afghanistan has been the main battleground in the war on terrorism. The conflict began in October 2001, after the Taliban regime refused to hand over Osama bin Laden without evidence of his participation in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked and crashed four airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people.

At least 1,885 soldiers—including 1,139 Americans—have died in the war on terrorism, either in support of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom or as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

In December 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama revealed that his administration plans to “begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan” in July 2011.

McChrystal and his staff made some disparaging comments about several U.S. government officials—including Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Advisor James L. Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry, and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke—in a profile that was published this month in Rolling Stone magazine.

On Jun. 23, Obama announced McChrystal’s dismissal, saying, “I don’t make this decision based on any difference in policy with General McChrystal, as we are in full agreement about our strategy. Nor do I make this decision out of any sense of personal insult.”

Polling Data

U.S. President Barack Obama has accepted General McChrystal’s resignation as Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Do you agree or disagree with this decision?

Agree

 

53%

 

Disagree

 

28%

 

Not sure

 

18%

 

 

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,001 American adults, conducted from Jun. 25 to Jun. 27, 2010. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

 

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