Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?

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Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?
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Mon, 04-25-2011 - 4:07pm

Anti war? Anti Bush? Anti Republican? Anti conservative? The following article asks a reasonable question.

http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2011/04/25/where-did-all-the-anti-war-protestors-go/

Where Did All the Anti-War Protestors Go?

The anti-war movement was all over the news before President Obama was elected. But apparently they weren’t really anti-war ... they were just anti-President Bush. Two college professors just released a study of national protests between 2007 and 2009. What did they find?

… After January 2007, the attendance at antiwar rallies [measured in] roughly the tens of thousands, or thousands, through the end of 2008.

… After the election of Barack Obama as president, the order of magnitude of antiwar protests dropped [...] Organizers were hard pressed to stage a rally with participation in the thousands, or even in the hundreds. For example, we counted exactly 107 participants at a Chicago rally on October 7, 2009.

Amazing. Especially because the war in Afghanistan ramped up after Obama was elected. American fatalities shot up in 2009 and 2010.

The protesters have remained silent over Libya.

And I’m struck by the hypocrisy of the supposedly “anti-war” politicians who voted against Iraq, like Nancy Pelosi. Since Obama was elected, she has voted to continue the war in Afghanistan … and supported the attack on Libya.

Only a handful of Congressmen have remained principled on foreign intervention. One of them is Ron Paul. On my FBN show this week, I’ll talk with him about why he opposes our “aggressive foreign policy.”

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Wed, 04-27-2011 - 5:57pm
Is Afghanistan worse off now than when we invaded?

Lost another 9 in one incident yesterday. NOT worth it. Some people can't be saved from themselves.

 

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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 8:12am

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Registered: 02-05-2011
Thu, 04-28-2011 - 12:23pm
I wish Obama could find another way to manage the war on terror than military invasions of other countries. Unfortunately, while he ran on a promise of change, it appears he is unable as President to change our national need to secure Afghanistan.

Generally, I believe Obama has mismanaged the economy, but I will generally defer to a President on national security. They know things we do not.

I find it odd that anti-war protesting has virtually vanished. There was a large anti-Bush business going for many years. I believe many in the anti-war movement just used it as another way to politically go after Bush. Which is unfortunate. It gives future anti-war movements a liberal affiliation that may turn some people off. :(
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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 1:52pm
It is much more fractured now than when we invaded. And, like I said, we backed the Taliban put them in power just because they were the enemies of the side backed by the old Soviet Union. That was a mess as well.

From what I've read, we have a timeline for leaving. Obama did not start this but he is trying to end it the best way possible - and that may end up being a no-win situation but we do need to try.

 nwtreehugger  

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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 2:10pm
I recall Bush setting an end of 2011 deadline to exit Iraq, I hope Obama can find a way to wrap up Afghanistan. I get upset reading about our war dead. At the same time, we can't allow terrorists safe havens to implement physical attacks against our people.

I believe the Bush agreement with the Iraqi government is called Status of Forces Agreement (often referred to as SOFA).
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Registered: 03-03-2009
Thu, 04-28-2011 - 11:38pm
I will participate in an anti-war rally if the opportunity presents itself. Democracy Now has not backed away from calling for a withdrawal from Afghanistan. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/23/fbi_expands_probe_into_antiwar_activists

But here's the irony. There aren't any Republicans calling for troop withdrawals. Nor has John McCain found his inner pacifist, since he's backing Libyan rebels and thinks the U.S. should get embroiled in yet another civil war. <<<>>>

My point? It looks very strange to ask about anti-war protesting in the context of the general conservative, GOP, attitude that any war is a good war. You show me (I won't be holding my breath) the last time a conservative following rallied behind an anti-war platform.

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Fri, 04-29-2011 - 9:03am

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