From the horse's mouth
Note to the "Support our troops, bring them home!" crowd: ordinary Afghans still feel security is their biggest issue:
- The security situation is both the main reason respondents give for saying the country is moving in the right direction and the main concern for those who say the country is moving in the wrong direction. The proportion of respondents who cite insecurity as a reason for pessimism has increased by one-fourth in the past year.
- The biggest problems faced by Afghanistan as a whole are identified as security (36%), economic issues including unemployment (31%), high prices (22%), poor economy (17%), and corruption (14%).
Who provides security? ISAF troops and Afghan troops, until the Afghans are trained up to do it all themselves. Who trains the Afghans? Our troops.
So tell me again how bringing Canadian troops home yesterday, if not sooner, helps the Afghans, you numpties?
More at The Torch, where I note that while the raw percentages are encouraging, the trends aren't. Our people are working hard, but this thing isn't won yet.