Only 38 percent of Afghans believe their country is headed in the right direction. U.S. headlines about Afghanistan also reflect this surge of pessimism and defeatism.
Security and employment issues weighed on Afghan’s sense of optimism and pessimism, according to the Asia Foundation’s new report.
Carl Montgomery, a traveler in Afghanistan, writes at his blog that “Despite what you see in the news, not everyone is in lock down quivering in their sandals,” outlining a few success stories that have been overlooked.
Judah Grunstein of World Politics Review writes that the U.S. has militarized fighting-age men and “left the rest to their own devices” — a faulty strategy given the relationship between unemployment and insurgency.
“The Torch” blog says the numbers are encouraging, but not the trends. The author, who writes about the Canadian military, argues that withdrawing from the country would be a mistake. Canada has committed to remaining in Afghanistan through at least 2011 despite growing costs.
Joshua Foust of “Registan” writes that media coverage of Afghanistan may have been misrepresented, pointing out that on a day-to-day basis, Afghans fear crime more than insurgency.