Seventy Percent of Americans Officially Hate Freedom

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 11:20 am

Via Matt Yglesias, check out the staggering percentage of the public that believes President-elect Obama should indeed withdraw combat forces from Iraq in 16 months:

Americans are more upbeat about U.S. prospects in Iraq than at any time in the past five years, but nearly two-thirds continue to believe the war is not worth fighting and 70 percent say President-elect Barack Obama should fulfill his campaign promise to withdraw U.S. forces from the country within 16 months, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Look to your left. Look to your right. Look ahead. Two of every three people you see, plus a statistically-significant-but-frustrating-for-the-point-of-metaphor remainder, is an Islamofascist.

Meanwhile, there’s something also interesting in the poll from an academic perspective. Clearly people’s perceptions of Iraq track improved security. That’s as should be — security improves, people perceive improved security, so they report to pollsters that they perceive improved security. What doesn’t change is people’s positions on the normative questions: was Iraq a strategic mistake (yes) and should the U.S. withdraw expeditiously (yes). All that would lend credence to the proposition that there’s a tipping point in public opinion — yes, I hate that buzzword too, sorry — beyond which antipathy to a war coalesces and becomes immutable, regardless of the war’s fortunes.

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Gordon Priest
Comment posted December 16, 2008 @ 10:44 am

Two hundred plus years ago another guy named George set about occupying an alienated land and got what he deserved. The current occupation of Irak by the present George is just as ignominious as the earlier George's attempts to suppress”freedom.” Freedom is not an absolute, but relative to those who have it. Obviously few Irakis have it.


Gordon Priest
Comment posted December 16, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

Two hundred plus years ago another guy named George set about occupying an alienated land and got what he deserved. The current occupation of Irak by the present George is just as ignominious as the earlier George's attempts to suppress”freedom.” Freedom is not an absolute, but relative to those who have it. Obviously few Irakis have it.


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