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'Capitol Hill heedless of public sentiments'
Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:41PM
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The internal political structure in the United States does not reflect the "sentiments and values of the American voting populace and citizenry" on the War in Afghanistan, says an activist and political pundit.

 

"It's no surprise that people in the Congress, the White House and in the State Department do not respond to the clearly declared sentiments of the American people," Rick Rozoff said in an interview with Press TV's U.S. Desk on Friday.

 

A recent opinion poll by CNN shows that the opposition to the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time high in the U.S.

 

"In the entire history of the United States, this will mark the first time that the United States has been at war for an entire decade, that is form 2001 to 2010", he noted.

 

The U.S. has roughly 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan which is more than twice as many U.S. troops as are officially stationed in Iraq.

 

"So we're seeing a major shift in emphasis and transfer of U.S. combat forces from Iraq to Afghanistan," Rozoff stated. 

 

He went on to say that the U.S. government is establishing a "global military system" integrating as many countries as possible into the U.S. military network internationally.

 

The United States "clearly is using this as a model for future interventions in that part of the world and others," he observed.   

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

A year ago, 52 percent of Americans said they thought Obama's policies would be successful, while 41 percent said they thought his policies would fail.

 

Since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, more than 34,000 Afghan civilians have been killed in the country as a result of the war.

 

The number of foreign troops killed in the nine-year war has hit an all-time high, with more than 710 lives lost.

 

U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan have been on the rise since President Obama began implementing his plan to escalate the war against the Taliban.

 

Nearly 500 U.S. service members were killed this past year alone, according to iCasualties.org.

 

UN reports that 2010 has been the bloodiest year since the war began in terms of the civilian death toll.

 

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