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Afghans Vote Again — We Are Winning War On Terror

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:12 pm - December 8, 2005.
Filed under: War On Terror

These astounding poll results from ABC News….

77 percent of Afghans say their country is headed in the right direction — compared with 30 percent in the vastly better-off United States.

Ninety-one percent prefer the current Afghan government to the Taliban regime, and 87 percent call the U.S.-led overthrow of the Taliban good for their country.

Osama bin Laden, for his part, is as unpopular as the Taliban; nine in 10 view him unfavorably.

Progress fuels these views: Despite the country’s continued problems, 85 percent of Afghans say living conditions there are better now than they were under the Taliban.

Eighty percent cite improved freedom to express political views. And 75 percent say their security from crime and violence has improved as well. After decades of oppression and war, many Afghans see a better life.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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  1. It’s pretty clear this country suffers badly from a huge “negative media” problem. Powerline pointed to a study with hard numbers the other day. I wonder when/how it gets fixed.

    Blogs and alternative radio have helped limit the damage from MSM negativity and bias, or helped people get real info. We’re almost, but not quite, at the point of having competing “leftstream” and “rightstream” medias.

    But that’s not where I want to be. My ideal would be a single, shared, media world where opinion is separate from facts, facts are what gets reported, facts really are checked, and then Left, Right, Up, Down opinions are designated add-ons (so to speak).

    Comment by Calarato — December 8, 2005 @ 6:34 pm - December 8, 2005

  2. I wonder if television news networks are the cause of it all. When I was little there was one hour of news at night… 30 minutes local and weather and 30 minutes for the rest of the nation and the world. In fact, I remember one evening when the news anchor actually uttered the words, “And the news this evening is that there is no news.” Honest to God. Better than that… we watched the channel that had the best reception. Either NBS or CBS. ABC never came in well… can you believe that I grew up entirely without the Partridge Family?

    *ahem* Anywho… Now we’ve got how many 24 hour news networks? They have to report *something*. I was active duty during the preparation for Desert Storm. Someone brought a television into our shop and we watched the news. Hours upon hours upon hours of news people finding something to say when there was nothing factual to report. Mostly it was interviews with people speculating about the long term effects of PTSD, shell shock, what could be expected from an extended war fought with the intensity of modern warfare. There were the inevitable references to Viet Nam. When Desert Sheild transformed to Desert Storm absolutely nothing happened the way that anyone had speculated on the news programs. The Iraqi army wasn’t as mighty as the newsies had said, over and over. Poorly trained cannon fodder sent to the front to delay our advance often enough surrendered without fighting. The whole advance was over before it hardly started (and I’m sure not overstepping our UN mandate and taking Bagdad seemed like a good idea at the time).

    The thing about as-it-happens news is that it’s nearly impossible to put into context. History does that better. But when a recitation of the facts isn’t enough to fill 24 hours something entertaining has to go there.

    Comment by Synova — December 9, 2005 @ 12:38 pm - December 9, 2005

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