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Veterans Urge Trump To Stick To His Guns: ‘Great Nations Don’t Fight Endless Wars’

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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As tensions rise between the U.S. and Iran, veterans are urging President Donald Trump to live by his State of the Union applause line: “Great nations don’t fight endless wars.”

But reports of assets moving into the region and non-essential personnel being evacuated from key areas have led to increased concern that posturing — on both sides — could eventually lead to armed conflict.

  • Very few Veterans (6%) and Military Households (13%) support the United States being more military engaged in conflicts around the world. In fact, a plurality (48%) of Veterans think the U.S. should be less engaged.
  • A strong majority (60%) of both groups would support the President’s decision to remove all troops from Afghanistan; less than one-third of both groups (32% – Veterans, 30% – Military Households) would oppose his decision.