On Tuesday, it was reported by AdSAM, the company that developed a proprietary emotional response tracking and analysis technique, that a new poll that made use of its technique has found that people who call themselves Republicans are ambivalent about U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq, with no strong emotions either way about troop withdrawal.
This flies in the face of the emotional attitude of the Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and in the White House who are asking for patience and not accepting any “rush” to withdraw troops.
Citizens who identify themselves as Democrats or with some other political philosophy such as “Libertarian” or “Independent” tend to be highly emotional about wanting U.S. troops withdrawn from Iraq, although non-Democrats differ from Democrats on the details. When all political affiliations are ignored, about 50% of Americans wax enthusiastic about the prospect of troop withdrawal, and 40% feel that progress in the war theater there has been insufficient and are disgusted.
Democrats were found to be ambivalent about the need for addressing the nation’s immigration issues, but Republicans and “others” joined in being generally and intensely negative or disgusted by the current immigration practices of the U.S.
On the matter of the economy, citizens of all political affiliations ranged in feelings from indifferent to being disgusted about “the mess” when they were asked how they thought things would be in two years.
There was a similar emotional response about the current health care system. 41% of all citizens expressed negative feelings about it, and 42% expressed acceptance of or even excitement about the prospects of a government-provided universal health care plan.
The results of the polling correlate with the Presidential candidates attempting to win support on high-profile issues through direct emotional appeal, a technique that is often harshly criticized for being void of factual reasoning and polarizing.
The Iraq war and the included “war on terror” is probably the most divisive political issue in the nation currently among political leaders, with the “failed policy” attitude toward it by Democrats and the unyieldingly hawkish views taken by Republicans clashing to cause what are often great divides in the United States leadership, especially with the Republicans in control of the Oval Office while the Democrats are the Congressional majority.
Some critics of the war have stated that the “quagmire” now faced has to do with the fact that, contrary to the war-philosophy of former Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, who was considered a war hero after the 1991 campaign in Kuwait, the United States, except in the very earliest weeks of the war, has failed to pursue the strategy of applying “overwhelming force” to the theater in order to bring about a fast and decisive end to the fighting. They have compared this “mistake” to what has widely been cited as the very same core mistake that the U.S. made in the Vietnam War.
Others have pointed out that the United States prepared for war in Iraq, but not for peace, and thus the rebuilding of the nation, including the rebuilding of its military and political leadership, has been a disaster in which Americans are now entwined as if in a spider’s web.
Still others opine that the United States needs to get out of the practice of “nation building”-something which, before he was elected President, George W. Bush declared he had no interest in and would not lead the United States in doing.
Although it seems “obvious” to many Westerners now that the Iraqi people are “a long way from being ready for democracy”, there were in fact Iraqi political lobbyists who, before the war, were pleading with the United States to come to Iraq, throw off the Stalin-like Saddam Hussein, help the nation develop and privatize its oil industry, and make the nation a model for Middle Eastern democracy and free markets.
American journalists and political commentators in 2002 and early 2003 of all political affiliations were very mixed on whether or not the war would be a good strategic idea.
Original Newswire Source: