Posts Tagged ‘Antiwar’
Posted on September 2, 2013 at 12.11 pm
20%: Americans who think military action in Syria would be in the U.S. national interest
27%: Americans who think a military strike would improve the situation in Syria
17%: Independents who say a strike would improve the situation
30%: Democrats who say the same
31%: Republicans who agree
42%: Americans who back the use of military force against the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons
34%: Americans who still backed the use of military force in Syria after they had digested “a lot” of information on the Syrian government’s alleged chemical attacks
80%: Public approval for the 1990 Gulf War before it began
90%: Support for the U.S. action in Afghanistan before it began
76%: Approval for the Iraq invasion in 2003
“There are real concerns about the efficacy of action and deep fears of U.S. entanglement in Syria,” said James Lindsay, a foreign-policy expert and former Clinton administration official. “The public has a clear case of intervention fatigue after 12 years of engagement overseas, the longest stretch in U.S. history.”
Four takeaways here:
- That first figure indicates a growing understanding that just because we could invade somewhere doesn’t mean we need to or have to.
- If you had doubts about how similar establishment Republican and establishment Democratic foreign policy views are, have them no more — accounting for the margin of error, those numbers are identical.
- The more information someone has about this situation, the more likely they are to oppose intervention. For the blogger, this means: Keep writing. Keep spreading the word. Keep asking people to contact their reps to oppose this war. It can make a difference.
- Although there are apparently some irrational people who support war even though they don’t think it will improve the situation, overall, these numbers show progress: This is not 1990 or 2001 or 2003. We are tired of war, and it shows.
Posted on January 1, 2013 at 11.32 am
I’m researching some of the costs of America’s wars since 2001 for a work project today. Most of this I’ve read about before — it’s not like I’m unfamiliar with most of the data. But all put together, it’s pretty heart-breaking. Here’s a sampling:
- $6 trillion+: The final costs of Iraq and Afghanistan
- $16 trillion: The national debt
- $720 million: The price of one day at war in Iraq
- $300 million: One day of war in Afghanistan
- $132 billion and growing: Annual Dep’t of Veterans Affairs budget
- $50 billion: What we were told Iraq would cost
- Warrantless wiretapping
- Indefinite detention
- 1.7 billion of our emails read daily
- Suppression of free speech
- TSA security theater
- Assassination of Americans
- 1 million+ excess deaths in Iraq
- 7.8 million+ refugees in Iraq
- 6,518 American soldiers dead in Iraq and Afgh.
- 16,495 total U.S. military deaths 2001-2010
- 48,430 Americans wounded in Iraq and Afgh.
- 1,655 military amputations from battle
- 300,000 veterans have PTSD
- 50 civilians killed for every one terrorist
The constant posture of attack our foreign policy takes today simply doesn’t work, and its price is high in dollars, freedom, and lives. If we want a safer and saner America, it’s time to end the wars.
Posted on December 8, 2012 at 1.07 pm
This is an important article, especially for those who think that drone warfare — while unfortunate for its civilian victims — is good for American soldiers because of the safety it brings.
Two sections stand out. First:
“Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.
“Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.
“Was that a kid?” they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.
Then, someone they didn’t know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. “No. That was a dog,” the person wrote.
They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?
Bryant [the drone operator being profiled] remembers the first time he fired a missile, killing two men instantly. As Bryant looked on, he could see a third man in mortal agony. The man’s leg was missing and he was holding his hands over the stump as his warm blood flowed onto the ground — for two long minutes. He cried on his way home, says Bryant, and he called his mother.
Drone warfare has been much lauded for keeping American troops out of dangerous battlefield situations, and without question there is value in that safety measure.However, drone warfare does more than remove American people from the situation: It also removes American humanity.
This is a form of warfare in which those who do the actual killing can be thousands of miles removed from their targets. It’s the ultimate bureaucracy, isn’t it? Everything we hate about the stereotypical DMV (disinterest in face to face interaction; the unwillingness to look at specific circumstances with empathy; the valuation of the plan over people affected by it) is all magnified here.
That’s why I post about drones so often, and why you should read this piece.