Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Popular vs Unpopular
Over at Riehl World View I saw a reference to a poll that surprised me:
Eighty-four percent of Americans clearly support being in Iraq for a minimum of one more year. Now forget the word surge that has been bandied about. The word in itself means nothing.
Ask yourself this, with a baseline of 84% supporting a continued presence in Iraq for a minimum of a year, what do you suppose they would say if you asked:
Given your support for one more year of war in Iraq, what would you say if military commanders felt a relatively small increase in troops could reduce the commitment to ten months and save American and Iraqi lives?
I have to admit I have never been comfortable with the notion of popular war. What war is popular? My Grandmother got a telegram during WW2 from the War Department telling her that they did not know where her son was or if he was alive. Missing In Action. They found him a couple of weeks later in a field hospital where he lay badly wounded. If they had asked her if the war was worth it I doubt very much she would have said it was. No, it is not about popular, it is about determination.