The war, which began in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has long enjoyed bipartisan support. Democrats, including Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential race, often coupled their opposition to the Iraq war with a commitment to the military operation in Afghanistan. The invasion of Iraq, the argument went, diverted our attention and resources from the war in Afghanistan.
But polls have indicated that there's no longer a much of an appetite for a military presence in the troubled country. The U.S. plans to remove nearly all troops from Afghanistan by next year, but Monday's poll showed that a majority of Americans would prefer a speedier withdrawal.