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Poll: 1 in 3 vets sees Iraq, Afghan wars as wastes
Polls finds 1 in 3 post-9/11 veterans believes neither Iraq nor Afghan war was worth fighting
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' In a new poll of veterans who have served since 9/11, one-third say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting.

And a majority of those surveyed think that 10 years after the al-Qaida attacks, America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems.

The opinion poll was released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan group.



The findings highlight a dilemma for the Obama administration as it struggles to shrink the government's huge budget deficits and reconsider defense priorities while trying to keep public support for remaining involved in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The survey also showed that post-9/11 veterans are more likely than Americans as a whole to call themselves Republicans and to disapprove of President Barack Obama's performance in office.


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