A very interesting story from the Associated Press. (You know the same news organization that invents their sources in Iraq….) Anyway, this one is worth reading… and discussing.
Americans may question this war for many reasons, but their doubts often find voice in the count of U.S. war deaths. An overwhelming majority – 84 percent – worry that the war is causing too many casualties, according to a September poll by the nonpartisan research group Public Agenda.
The country largely kept the faith during World War II, even as about 400,000 U.S. forces died – 20,000 just in the month-long Battle of the Bulge. Before turning against the wars in Korea and Vietnam, Americans tolerated thousands more deaths than in Iraq.
Has something changed? Do Americans somehow place higher value on the lives of their soldiers now? Do they expect success at lower cost? Or do most simply dismiss this particular war as the wrong one – hard to understand and harder to win – and so not worth the losses?
Keep in mind that Islamic terrorists killed nearly 3,000 American civilians in less than two hours on September 11, 2001.
Unfortunately, most elected National Democrats have politicized the War on Terror from the start. And many of them also see World War III as a mere “law enforcement action”. In fact, we have an entire American political party (and their supporters) holding onto their September 10th fantasy world.
It is pretty clear at this point that it will take a mushroom cloud over Los Angeles for our country to rally in full force against Islamic fascism. I also strongly believe that much of the indifference to World War III lies with the Baby Boomer generation, as the AP article also points out.
But are Americans willing to hang in a tough fight anymore?
Some wonder if U.S. society, now populated by baby boomers who recall Vietnam and never knew the hardships of the Great Depression or World War II, has simply lost its stomach for great sacrifices. Or perhaps in a materialistic culture, priorities are simply elsewhere now. “Everybody’s looking to get theirs,” says Tony Bouza, a veteran and former Minneapolis police chief who wrote “The Decline and Fall of the American Empire.”
It is quite sobering to think that the “Me Generation” may have put the famed Sleeping Giant into a coma.