Bouhammer Poll, When is the right time to leave Afghanistan?

It has been a while since I put up a poll, so I figured it was time.

In this non-scientific poll I pose the question to you, my readers, “When is the right time to leave Afghanistan?” There are all types of polls conducted my research firms, media outlets, think-tanks, etc. about the public perception and opinions on our presence in Afghanistan. There are almost daily reports of Afghan soldiers and police murdering our soldiers. Plus I recently put up a blog post saying it was time to leave (

So I am curious, what do you think? Please take a moment and participate. I have even created an “Other” option and ask that if you select it that you leave a comment explaining your option that does not correspond to the selections I have in the poll.

When is the right time to leave Afghanistan?

  • NOW, as in pull all our troops out TODAY (38%, 24 Votes)
  • We should have left years ago (16%, 10 Votes)
  • After we have killed all the enemy and the Afghans can support themselves (16%, 10 Votes)
  • By the end of 2012 (8%, 5 Votes)
  • We should never totally leave. We should leave a presence there like we do in Germany and Japan (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (Please leave a comment explaining your other option) (6%, 4 Votes)
  • By the end of 2013 (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Whenever the military leaders say it is time to leave (5%, 3 Votes)
  • By the end of 2014 (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Whenever the President says it is time to leave (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 63

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6 thoughts on “Bouhammer Poll, When is the right time to leave Afghanistan?”

    1. Carla,

      Thanks for the comment. I am curious, wouldn’t your choice be the same as NOW? I mean we can safely pull out anytime as long as we don’t have to worry about anyone else.

    1. Ryan,
      Thanks for your comment and other option. That could have been an option. I wonder do you think that is the way our country should have handled it. Do you think that would have been the appropriate or smart thing to do?

  1. I said other but will explain.

    1) The first answer “out not” represents retreat IMO.

    2) The second third and fourth (end of 2012,2013,2014) represent a timetable, and timetables change based upon the situation on the ground. Plus the enemy can make counter-plans.

    3) Killing every single Taliban, and HIG would keep us there forever attempting to try that. Also we have to look at the standard we are using to determine when Afghan Police and Army are “good enough” to take over.

    4) Saying we should have left years ago is another statement of defeat.

    5) Having a permanent presence like Germany and Japan, well that will happen but not like WWII. Like Iraq there will be support (DOD,SF,ETT,PMT) there but having a permanent base there isn’t a good idea.

    6) Saying when the President or military leaders say so, means that it will be determined by American popular opinion. Remember the president (republican or democrat) is ruled by popular opinion and military leaders answer to the commander in chief. This one will happen regardless anyways.


    We should leave when the Afghans Police, Army, and infrastructure can hold their own. We CANNOT use our standards. But a “good enough” standard. As we withdraw we allow the Afghan Army and police to Fill in those areas and allow DOD support to ensure they are on the right path.

    That is what we did in Iraq, and of course a modified version will happen because as we know Iraq is not Afghanistan !!

    So we gradually leave allowing the Afghan Army and police to take on more roles in terms of policing their country. that is the withdrawal plan. that my best estimates can take from as of today about 3-5 years, which includes withdrawal of our resources as well to complete the withdrawal.

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