The American people support airstrikes in Iraq but not boots on the ground, according to a new YouGov poll. It found 58 percent of Americans support President Obama’s plan to conduct airstrikes against insurgents in Iraq, but there is strong opposition to putting American personnel on the ground in any capacity. A mere 15 percent support sending American ground troops to actually fight and only 30 percent would support sending troops to just assist the Iraqi army.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 11, 2014 8:49 am|
There is a new humanitarian crisis in Iraq which is partially product of all our previously attempt to improve the Middle East with freedom bombs and handing out weapons to the “good rebels.” Yet apparently our brilliant new solution to fix this latest problem is even more freedom bombs and more weapons for a new [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 18, 2014 8:05 am|
The American people continue to be opposed to new military actions around the world after over a decade of expensive wars. Even with renewed violence in Iraq thanks to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria a clear majority in the country doesn’t think the government has a responsibility to take action. According to a new [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 23, 2014 8:34 am|
There is yet another reminder that after two long and expensive wars the American people have turned sharply against spending blood or treasure in another foreign conflict. According to a new NYT/CBS News poll, 50 percent of Americans don’t think the country has a responsibility to act in Iraq to try to stop the fighting. [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday March 3, 2014 6:20 am|
A big reason why we shouldn’t invade random countries on flimsy pretexts, besides being a waste of money and destructive of life, is it completely undermines our moral authority. I wish our Secretary of State could say something like, “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 10, 2013 9:54 am|
We have already tried using military force to send the message the United States opposes Weapons of Mass Destruction and it didn’t seem to work very well as a deterrent. The United States launched a massive full scale invasion of Iraq to supposedly send the message that we oppose the use, development or stockpile of [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:44 am|
On the tenth anniversary of the war in Iraq it is worth remembering how many people were deeply wrong. Top politicians in both parties, administration officials, reporters, columnists, and even many bloggers. They were wrong about the weapons of mass destruction, about the links to Al-Qaeda, and about how quickly the war would end. Over [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 7, 2012 12:00 pm|
After the US and our NATO allies provided a bunch of weapons and military aid to a diverse hodgepodge of Libyan militias, who mainly only agreed on the fact they didn’t like Muammar Gaddafi, it now appears they are having trouble getting along. From The Guardian: The Libyan leader, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has vowed to [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 29, 2011 8:57 am|
Regardless if the final price tag ends up only just over $1 trillion or over $4 trillion, can anyone honestly look back at what we have gotten for our investment and conclude it was money well spent?
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 24, 2011 6:55 am|
It seems that a large part of whether you support a war or not depends on the party you belong and if the president is from your party. With Americans turning against the U.S. involvement in Libya, it is the Independents and Republicans who are leading the way, while Democrats stay stable.