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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Mon, 04-25-2011 - 4:16pm
I think people have been led to believe we're not at war with Libya. I believe differently and have stated so on this board. Wish we weren't involved.

 

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Mon, 04-25-2011 - 6:56pm
Personally I wonder if they know but choose not to know with regards to being at war with Libya. Still doesn't explain the lack of reaction to the escalation of Afghanistan that has taken place during the Obama administration.
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Tue, 04-26-2011 - 9:46am

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Tue, 04-26-2011 - 1:38pm
We're finishing what we started in Afghanistan before Bush decided that BinLaden wasn't as much a threat as Hussein apparently was.... Are you suggesting that we just walk out without cleaning up the mess WE made???

As for Libya, I think we have a month or so left under the Presidential powers before Congress has to address it. AND, WE are there in support of our NATO allies in a limited capacity. Yep, it's 'war' but not like Iraq. And no I don't like it but we are there for valid reasons - unlike Iraq.

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Tue, 04-26-2011 - 6:37pm
<< Are you suggesting that we just walk out without cleaning up the mess WE made??? >>

IMO, Afghanistan was a mess before we got there, and can't be fixed, not even if we stayed another 20 years.

 

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Wed, 04-27-2011 - 7:39am

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Wed, 04-27-2011 - 1:07pm
WE brought the Taliban into power. We've been messing around in Afghanistan for decades. I agree - I'm not sure that Afghanistan can be 'fixed' but we invaded on our 'hunt' for Bin Laden. Bush then decided that Hussein was who he wanted & lied his way into that war. We need to do what we can & leave it as best we can. We aren't doing it alone either - it's in conjunction with the U.N./NATO.

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Wed, 04-27-2011 - 1:25pm

"I’m not quite sure about the meaning of your question"

It's not r3dx1's question it's the title of the blog that was posted.

 


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