Gee, no kidding!
Courtesy of Mother Jones:
It’s not just a majority of Americans who think the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were a catastrophic mistake. Military veterans now increasingly say the Bush-era conflicts were not worth it, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday.
Sixty-four percent of the 1,284 veterans interviewed by Pew said the Iraq invasion was not worth fighting, while 58 percent similarly dismissed the 17-year Afghanistan conflict as a waste. “Veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan are no more supportive of those wars than those who did not serve in these wars,” Pew researchers Ruth Igielnik and Kim Parker wrote. “And views do not differ based on rank or combat experience.”
A concurrent poll of civilian views reached the same, general result. By substantial quantities, Americans in and out of uniform now view the several-trillion-dollar wars as a mistake.
“Our veterans have borne the brunt of these policy mistakes and it is not surprising they would be wary of more endless war abroad while also not looking kindly on our current wars,” says Nate Anderson, executive director of the conservative Concerned Veterans for America organization, in a statement.
A whopping 73% of Americans supported the invasion of Iraq, though I was certainly not among them, but by 2007 only about 36% were still supportive.
The Afghanistan war held onto its support for much longer, but as it has dragged on that support has dramatically diminished.
I am not a military person so I have always been intrigued by how soldiers who went over to Iraq and Afghanistan, and saw for themselves what we are doing to those people, could continue to support our presence there.
Now it appears that even they have become fed up and unable to continue to support our forever wars.
The thing that always gets me about Iraq, in particular, is that there was so much evidence that going in there would be a catastrophe, and yet somehow the Bush Administration convinced the majority of Americans that it was both neccessary and easily won.
When you wonder how we could have been stupid enough to put Donald Trump in office, my answer is that we have been stupid all along.