Polls: Americans Are Sick of the War On Terror, War On Drugs … And All of the Other Failed U.S. Wars

Americans Turn Anti-War

The American people are now overwhelmingly opposed to more war in Ukraine, Syria, Iran and elsewhere.

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows:

Americans in large numbers want the U.S. to reduce its role in world affairs even as a showdown with Russia over Ukraine preoccupies Washington ….

In a marked change from past decades, nearly half of those surveyed want the U.S. to be less active on the global stage, with fewer than one-fifth calling for more active engagement—an anti-interventionist current that sweeps across party lines.

A Pew poll from December found a majority of Americans – more than ever before in Pew’s 50-year history of polling this question – think the U.S. “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.”

A Pew/USA Today poll conducted over the weekend found that Americans  oppose – by a 2-1 margin – any U.S. military aid to Ukraine.

A YouGov poll conducted last month found that only 14 percent of Americans said the U.S. has “any responsibility” to get involved in Ukraine, and only 18 percent think the U.S. “has any responsibility to protect Ukraine if Russia were to invade.”

Huffington Post reports:

Americans are more likely than not to say that the United States has no responsibility to get involved in Ukraine even under extreme circumstances, the new survey shows ….

Pluralities of Democrats, Republicans and independents agreed that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to protect Ukraine.

Support for a war against Syria is less than one-sixth the approval level Americans had for the Iraq war in 2003 (Americans would rather have a root canal or a colonoscopy than bomb Syria).

A USA Today/Pew Poll from January shows that Americans now believe by a 50%-38% margin that war against Iraq was stupid.

Support even for the Afghanistan war has collapsed. For example, only 35% of all Americans support the Afghanistan war, according to a 2011 CNN poll.

Most Americans are now strongly opposed to intervention in any Arab country.

The warmongers, however, are desperate to drum up business.

War On Drugs

A new Pew poll also shows that the American people are sick of the war on drugs, noting that a broad majority of Americans are ready to significantly reduce the role of the criminal justice system in dealing with people who use drugs.  Pew found:

  • 63% of Americans think that we should stop mandatory prison terms for drug law violations
  • 54% are in favor of marijuana legalization
  • 67% say the government should focus more on providing treatment for people who use drugs like cocaine and heroin, and only 26% think the focus should be more on prosecuting people who use such drugs

Of course, the war on drugs is a total boondoggle.  And stopping government support  for drug dealers and producers might be a good place to start (even though it is making American banks rich).

Other Failed Wars

Obama has also declared a war on inequality.   But given that income inequality has increased more under Obama than under Bush, and that bad policy enacted on a bipartisan basis is making inequality worse and worse, we may be in real trouble.

Of course, neither mainstream political party represents the interests of the people … as revealed by polls.

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  • jason h

    sounds like a good reason to manufacture another enemy. oh wait…russia.

    • Kera Landeros

      They’re not “manufacturing an enemy” in Russia. They’ve been planning a war with Russia since the Cold War, at least. Look at where all our military bases are:


      • Joshua Roberts

        the only caveat i have here is that the US/NATO is basically a proxy for the NWO and, as well all know, the majority of Americans are not down with this shit, we are a hijacked nation – to make matters worse the populace has been politically neutered and kept on a false 2-party plantation.

  • Loki Luck III

    Excellent story.

  • Gar

    Americans are sick of war and the world is sick of America.

  • wunsacon

    >> A USA Today/Pew Poll from January shows that Americans now believe by a 50%-38% margin that war against Iraq was stupid.

    OMG. Still 38%?? Incredible. With idiots like these, any improvements we make anywhere will be ephemeral. Same as it’s always been.

  • colinjames71

    It’s too bad all these things are essential policy to the ruling class. The MIC, the for profit prison industry, the liquidity that cartel money provides banks, and the funding for CIA black ops, war and the drug trade are linked at the hip. Good to see Americans are finally getting sick of it, but I wonder how those numbers would look if the economy wasn’t so terrible. Hate to rain on the parade, but I don’t think these numbers represent a sudden change in morality and global political awareness. Surely partly die to a rise in independent media, and hopefully more than I think, but still, I’m o if the opinion that the state of the economy is the driving force here. I’d like to see a poll that asked these questions about war and drugs, and then a follow up, why? “because we can’t afford it” would likely be the majority answer. Having said all that, I will say it’s encouraging, to a point.

  • jhd41n

    All these so called “wars” are effective tactics that are enriching the already rich and making everyone else much poorer. Fortunately for the rich, the public always believe them. Americans are getting sick of it but they still don’t understand and refuse to understand that they are being used and fooled, daily.

  • amongoose

    Americans are tired of global entanglements on all levels.
    Military, economic, and financial.
    They have watched their jobs go overseas, their soldiers go overseas, their treasure go overseas,
    they are ready to as in days gone long past take care of ourselves.
    We have done enough saving the world, it’s time to save us.
    Problem is we have a government that no longer believes in our rights or national sovereignty.

    • SupernaturalCat

      The PNAC’s “new Pearl Harbor” strategically allowed implementation of REX84/C.O.G. plans (suspends the Constitution, black ops dress rehearsal for rounding up and detaining “hundreds of thousands of political agitators” i.e. anti-war dissidents) to be signed into effect Sept 14th 2001, and since ‘re-signed’ into effect by both empty suits, Bush, and Obama.

      This is the obvious elephant in the room that culturally conditioned conspiracy theorist haters fail to acknowledge: MOTIVE

      • Joshua Roberts

        Excellent codifying synthesis of the data SC!

      • u.r.tripping

        Continuity Of Agenda

  • clarioncaller

    The “War on the American Middle Class” has been a HUGE success.

  • JamesBondA

    Govt is the terror & Govt brings in all the DRUGS………… “V”

  • Joshua Roberts

    NWO used the US as main pitbull for centuries to mop-up the planet and make populations pliant – now that the majority of CAPEX is done in slave regions like CHina nad Indonesia, the time has come to pull the plug – a brilliant strategy really, we have gotten all the bad PR even though the avg. American does not want to bomb anyone and the Real Perpetrators in the NWO have gotten the entire planet – quite a deal! We paid in blood and treasure and now the world will cheer as we are torn down “DOWN WITH THE GREAT SATAN!” unconsciously executing the enemy programming.

    Currently US is being ground down against RUS Fed again, while RUS Fed is being encircled by NWO in an attempt to get them to capitulate or simply expose themselves enough that they can be cartelized – PUTIN faction is all conspiracy theorist ex=KGB mobster who bought up the country and chased out the last of the Bolsheviks during the “westernizing of Russia” era (Gorbachev etc.). Putin faction used this opportunity to gain control of the underlying logistics and they wouldnt even respond to the bullshit the NWO is pulling using US/NATO as proxy if it werent for ukraine/belarus/crimea geography (right on their border – yes, its South Ossetia 2.0).

    They failed to coax the bear out in Syria and thus a more direct approach was engineered and the dogs they use Shell etc. will be fed from the DD basin development upside (a massive gas and oil basin, no longer is Ukraine the bread basket, it will now be a gasland). A big part of this strategy is also getting RUS Fed to cozy up to China, an open NWO laboratory rebuilt from scratch according to the farmed-out western template – currently RUS Fed thinks they can play the NWO and China (rock and a hard place, its a gutsy move) but they are being logistically set up to be stabbed in the back.

  • BB

    We have gone past the midpoint of an arc of political and social oblivion. The past half century of shenanigans and double-dealing have left us impotent, angry, and befuddled as those with extreme wealth let us rot on the way to poverty. We’ve spent it all. For what or whom? For those who amass
    great wealth by steering our resources away from us to them. They have bought Congress, The White House, and the courts, “Wars” that have busted us have enriched them. Ihey have provided a vast network of prisons across the country to quell possible civil upheavals. As the old Chinese curse says, You should live in interesting times.

  • Robert Taylor

    How very, very true!

  • J.D

    I will never support another war, it’s not our problem and i’m sick and tired of us sticking our knows in everyone else’s business, if they want to kill themselves then so be it, there doing our job for us. Exactly why i refused to join the military in the first place, i refuse to go over to some other country and kill people just because the corrupt government tells me to, if the entire planet want’s to destroy themselves that’s there right, we need to focus on our own country that is literally falling apart as i speak, we have the highest national debt in american history by three times, we don’t produce anything, we export nothing, yet we import everything, and what’s our plan for that…….keep making paper money that soon will be the same worth of a paso. When the crash comes which will be soon it will be a revolution of insurmountable levels, if the richest people count for 1% what do you think the other 99% are going to do to them.

    • Clive Blanston

      “…we don’t produce anything, we export nothing, yet we import everything…”

      Just like ancient Rome. In the end, the main export was “Romaness.” Whatever that might be…

      I can understand Roman insanity better what with senators drinking wine from lead-lined cups and making their brains toxic… But what is the excuse for our modern American senators? Third-stage Syphilis?

  • Daryl Revok

    There is no “war on terror”…it’s just an empty buzz phrase that’s wearing thin. People see through the chicken hawk scum bags who are running the show..complete and total liars. I am disgusted with both parties that are still continuing along with this charade like WE don’t know it’s a facade. They arm them, they fund them, they set them loose…and then point and say LOOK!! terror!! boogeymen!! This is a war on the American people, a ruse to rob them of their liberties and wealth, nothing more, nothing less. Treason!

  • Clive Blanston

    I remember George H.W. Bush crowing about having kicked America’s “Vietnam Syndrome” with the success of the first Gulf War. Then his dumb-ass son brought it roaring back with the Iraq debacle. PAC money or no, it is hard to believe how John McCain and Lindsay Graham can advocate the pan-belligerence they do. Have these two tools ever met a war they didn’t like?

    Pot will become legal. It’s not so much a question of “if” but when. Once the Fed starts treating this as a “states rights” issue, the map will reverse from what it is now with possibly two states *not* having legalized weed.

  • Dannimon Coutee

    If the GOP or War Hawk Democrats want another war, let them fight it themselves.