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Republican Voters Are Losing Their Appetite For War

Ron Paul’s anti-war message resonates more than ever before

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Thursday, August 18, 2011

As presidential candidate Ron Paul builds his campaign around an anti-war message of bringing the troops home from conflicts that the United States can no longer afford to pay for, polls show that Americans, and particularly Republicans, are losing their appetite for war.


“Voter confidence about the short-term course of the war in Afghanistan has fallen to its lowest level in nearly two years, while confidence about the direction in Iraq over the next six months has dropped to the lowest point in almost five years of surveying,” according to Rasmussen [1].

Only 15 per cent of of likely U.S. Voters think the situation in Afghanistan will improve over the next six months, while more voters than ever before – 59 per cent – now want an immediate troop withdrawal [2] or a firm timetable to be set for ending the occupation. Republicans are more pessimistic than Democrats about the future course of operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

The 59 per cent figure represents a significant swing from less than two years ago in September 2009, when just 39 per cent wanted the troops pulled out of Afghanistan.

Crucially, a slim majority of Republicans now want the troops brought home from Afghanistan, 43 per cent to 42 per cent. Wars launched during the administration of George W. Bush have now become Obama’s wars. Indeed, there are more troops deployed under Obama [3] than there were at any time under Bush.

In addition, support for continued military action in Libya hit a new low this week, with just 20 per cent approving the United States’ role in toppling Colonel Gaddafi [4] through their support of Al-Qaeda linked rebels [5]. 52 per cent oppose military action, with the rest not sure, marking the first time a majority of Americans have opposed military intervention in the North African country.

A mere 13 per cent of Republicans support the campaign in Libya, again emphasizing how Ron Paul’s anti-war message is resonating better than ever before amongst the electorate who will choose a Republican candidate to challenge Obama next year.

Given this sentiment, it’s not surprising that Ron Paul has received more money in donations from active duty military personnel [6] than all of the other Republican candidates combined and more than Barack Obama himself.

As the U.S. economy continues to crumble while crippling unemployment and rising poverty shows no sign of abating, Americans are finally starting to understand that wars of conquest only ever serve to enrich the ruling political class and never financially benefit the country itself.

The fact that the United States can no longer afford to support its sprawling empire is painfully clear, and yet Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate who will make any effort to bring the troops home. Indeed, almost every other candidate has expressed their intention to commit American to yet another war by threatening to strike Iran, a country that is surrounded by nuclear-armed enemies in the region and has no hope of ever posing a serious threat to the United States even if it wanted to.

The fact that Americans are losing their appetite for war at a quickening pace as we approach 2012 makes the choice between Barack Obama – a many who has aggressively expanded the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive warfare – and a gaggle of Republican candidates who have all sworn to continue identical policies – a wasted vote.

Only Ron Paul can guarantee that U.S. troops will be brought home from the meat grinders in Iraq and Afghanistan and that America will not spend a dime more on NATO-led conquests dressed up as “humanitarian” interventions in places like Libya and Syria.


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com [7]. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.