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The following series of graphs show contemporary American views on past (and present) US wars by partisan affiliation. Pat Buchanan was fighting an uphill battle with Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: Vietnam is the least popular war over at least the last century and change, the second world war perceived to be the most... Read More
Net support for the recent US airstrikes on Syria last week: The partisan distribution meshes well with other polling data on related issues. Democrats are becoming the War Party. When young men from flyover country join the military, they're becoming mercenaries for a force increasingly at odds with their values, their interests, and their communities.... Read More
It wouldn't be a return to normalcy without a reassertion of the neo-liberal establishment's neo-connery: The presumption is a China-friendly/compromised Biden administration wouldn't contest a Chinese conquest--or reunification, opinions differ--of Taiwan. Maybe not. Then again, maybe so. Time isn't on the American empire's side. If it's not there, it'll be somewhere. One thing certain to... Read More
The war machine is revving up. A Biden administration promises a return to the military adventurism of the Clinton/Bush/Obama era, all presidents--including both Bushes--who got the US involved in new wars. Trump broke that streak, but as the Establishment is so fond of telling us, he was an embarrassing aberration. Soon it will be back... Read More
The percentages of Americans, by selected demographics, who support and oppose "the peace deal the U.S. signed with the Taliban agreeing to full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan": A plurality of the total, 43%, responded "not sure". That's understandable on account of a lack of details, I suppose--but we've been there for nearly two... Read More
Most don't think so, but younger, non-whites are less certain about the moral righteousness of America's entry into World War II than older whites are. Democrats are modestly less sure than Republicans, though that's likely accounted for entirely by non-white Democrats. This comes from a 2017 YouGov poll asking respondents if it was a mistake... Read More
President Trump has focused the Republican electorate on immigration and re-calibrated its views on trade. When it comes to war, however, it looks like they still want more. The following graph is constructed using data from YouGov's latest release. "Not sure" responses, constituting 22% of the total, are excluded: Though it seems redundant at first... Read More
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria were costly blunders. They cost America lots of men, money, and prestige. A war with Iran could cost the US more of all of these things than the other elective regime change wars did. Iran has many more people and is much larger than the other theaters are: The US won't... Read More
And tax cuts. From Reuters-Ipsos, the issue registered Democrats and Republicans identified as the most important one in determining their mid-term congressional votes (N = 26,785): The contrast between the priorities of congressional Republican 'leadership' and what their voters care about is why the GOP is called the Stupid Party. That's unfair to people like... Read More
As we enter day six of the three-week long funeral, remembrance, visitation, and worship of the deified John McCain, I find my spirits lifted by revisiting Trump's plausibly deniable shiv from a little over a year ago: As I wrote at the time: That the cancer was progressive and that McCain's prognosis was terminal was... Read More
Z-Man goes off the deep end, claiming that neoconservatism--"an ethnocentric death cult"--is a movement possessed by and obsessed with an ancestral hatred of Russia: Granted, as has been shown here, there may have been some truth to that in the past, when the Ashkenazim in question had just escaped Soviet persecution and their adopted homeland--or... Read More
Via Reuters-Ipsos, we're reduced to celebrating that at least we probably won't get another Iraq (N = 10,390): And that young MAGAmen are not eager to go in search for monsters to destroy--we have plenty in need of destroying right here at home. And that Max Boot, Bill Kristol, and John Podhoretz are in the... Read More
An understandably exacerbated Dan: My sentiments being in general agreement with Dan's, it must be pointed out that sanctions--at least against the new axis of evil--are populist! From Reuters-Ipsos polling, the percentages of Americans, by partisan affiliation, who support and who oppose sanctions on North Korea, Russia, and Iran. The balance of respondents said they... Read More
It's time for a new Anti-Imperialist League that is as ideologically and politically diverse as the one that opposed America's experiment in the Philippines over a century ago. It included bedfellows as strange as railroad magnate Andrew Carnegie and labor leader Samuel Gompers. There is a bipartisan Establishment effort to reignite the cold war with... Read More
Some immediate questions and observations about the BuzzFeed article alleging Trump's "deep ties" to Russia follow. - The dossier reports that Trump was offered several sweetheart real estate deals inside Russia but elected not to capitalize on any of them: This is excerpted verbatim. Notice how clunky the sentence above is. The supposed source is... Read More
Trump's shattering expectations. I got on the Trump Train back in July 2015 for three primary reasons: 1) Immigration -- his candidacy was a referendum on a wall. 2) Political correctness -- any other political figure who'd said one-tenth of the things he did would've been toast. Instead of groveling, he doubled down. Rather than... Read More
Julian Assange has been neutered. He's been suffering some sort of chronic pain in his right shoulder for months. This presumed warning shot hasn't dissuaded him from the steady drip-drip-drip of Clinton campaign emails. Now it appears that under pressure from the US government, the Ecuadoran embassy in Britain--where Assange has been holed up for... Read More
In addition to gauging how the shift in perceptions among American youth over the last few decades, Steve Sailer's post concerning an increase in nationalism among young Israelis prodded me to look at the WVS to see how the attitudes of young people in other countries have changed over time. In both the second (1990-1991)... Read More