Americans are very worried about the possibility of war and the media isn’t giving them much reason to feel optimistic.
With all of the media coverage attacking our President and the constant drumbeat of “responding” to Russia’s attacks on our recent election, the nation has become quite worried about the possibility that we could be headed into another war. Whether the fight is in North Korea, Russia, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, or somewhere else in our crazy, mixed up world, Americans are just worried about getting dragged back into another fight.
While we may be the greatest military power in world history, Americans are also a people with little desire for a fight. Our historical culture has long valued a “live and let live” philosophy, and so throughout our existence we’ve done our best to avoid military conflict with the world. Only in recent years has that posture shifted, and the American people seem to be growing weary of the military interventionism of the last few decades.
Former Congressman Ron Paul recently had some thoughts about the trend and about the recent survey showing that Americans were “afraid” of being drawn into another war. Paul wonders who might be to blame for this fear: is it the media? Is it the neocons who seem to be growing in influence once again? Is it the Democrat establishment who seem to be spoiling for military conflict with Russia? Who is driving this fear mongering narrative that is causing Americans to be worried about nations with 1/10th of our military might?
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According to a new NBC News survey, some 76 percent of Americans are afraid of being drawn into a major war. That is a ten percent increase from just February. What’s behind this increased fear? The country that Americans feel most threatened by is North Korea, which has a GDP half the size of the US state of Vermont (which has the smallest GDP in the union). Who’s responsible for making Americans so afraid of relatively minor threats? The media? Neocons?
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