And if you really thought we were done with combat overseas after Vietnam…
Well, today the anti-war sentiment in the U.S. has never been higher. The numbers aren’t even close.
According to a Pew Poll in December, Americans are more apathetic about any kind of military intervention than ever before. For example, in 1976, after years of fighting in Vietnam and nearly 60,000 American casualties, 42 percent of Americans agreed that “the U.S. should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own.” Today, that number is 52 percent, marking the first time since the poll was first taken in 1964 that a majority of Americans have felt this way (for context, that number was only 30 percent in 2002).
Of course, members of both parties in DC talk to their constituents and know the feeling out there, which is why we don’t hear a thing about military options when it comes to stopping Vladimir Putin taking over Ukraine and Crimea like he’s playing a drunken game of Risk.
Critics of the President’s handling of the Russia’s aggression are justified when stating his strategy is incoherent and inept. The problem is, while there isn’t a shortage of the usual amount of complainers, seemingly no one has a solution of their own with any real teeth. We’ve seen this movie before when in Iran, Syria and now Ukraine; Mr. Obama has few options outside of threatening sanctions and talking tough, with the latter action being seen as a punch line by the macho Putin more than anything else.
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