The framework used in this report covered the overall views and opinions of network media throughout the Afghan war which lasted over a decade. The report looked at the information presented by media networks in different stages of war and the present conditions and public opinion of the war to assess how people supported the cause of war. In this report, it is identified that the Afghan war started out with massive support from the American public and media outlets but slowly turned into a PR nightmare for the US government.
Issues that affected the coverage the most included- war stretching longer than anyone expected; it had put American economy in a huge deficit and there are civilian casualties in Afghanistan. Moreover, America jumps into another war with Iraq. By the end, it turned into a bad decision by America which was supported by statements that were later proven to be wrong. Media coverage for the Afghan war slowly changed with many outlets criticizing it and this also impacted public support that the war initially had. In 21st century, US-Afghanistan war has been a history defining war which started out as an attempt to end terrorism on global scale. In a country full of anger against terrorists who were involved in 9/11 attacks, public support was already in favor of US army forces attacking Afghanistan.
American media covered it as a necessity for America to end terrorism before it strikes again. The situation, however, changed significantly in following years. Some of the most criticized aspects of war included- high civilian casualties in Afghanistan, American national debt increasing every year and America not being able to end the war in expected time period. Such issues were treated by many media outlets as an indication of failure of American government. Gaining high criticism from media and witnessing lowering public support from the public, US armies had to cut its presence in the region which it had overstayed according to media.In retrospective manner, media outlets do not see Afghan war as a win for US as not only it led to a massive national debt, it also undermined America’s influence in the world, while terrorism still remains a problem bigger than ever before.