A recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows that 43 percent of Americans think things are going very or moderately well for the US in Iraq. By contrast, 56 percent of Americans say things are going very or moderately badly. Gallup notes that these results are among the “most negative” since 2003. However, the positive view is “slightly higher” than the organization has recorded at other times since the beginning of the war in Iraq. Check out the graph.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.