Majority of Americans Now Disagree with Post-9/11 Policy Decisions

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Today we mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th. Something you may remember, following the devastating events of that day, is the spirit of unity that we shared as a nation.

Members of Congress came together on the steps of the Capitol to sing “God Bless America.” American flags flew from homes and businesses across the country. Everyone felt vulnerable and willing to rise to the challenge of responding to the threat we felt from those we considered to be our enemies.

In the months and years that followed, wars were waged in Afghanistan and Iraq. But eleven years on, public opinion about those wars has changed dramatically.

That’s according to the results of the 2012 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy which have just been published. 

Marshall Bouton, president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, explains the results.