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What's the point: Americans have given their initial reaction to how Biden handled the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it seems to be negative. Whether or not it remains that way is yet to be seen.
How Americans viewed the North Vietnamese taking control of Saigon in 1975 is instructive in understanding the shifting political winds today.... Americans, though, didn't blame Gerald Ford, the president at the time. In fact, 59% said he deserved none of the blame at all.... Of course, how Americans saw Ford's Vietnam performance didn't predict the 1976 election. Ford lost that race to Jimmy Carter.
On the other end, Ronald Reagan sent American troops to Lebanon in the early 1980s as peacekeepers. Hundreds were killed in a bombing, and Reagan later withdrew the troops. By early 1984, more than 60% of Americans viewed the Reagan policies as a failure in Lebanon.... Reagan easily won reelection later that year.
Arguably the most successful war of the last 60 years was the Persian Gulf War during George H.W. Bush's presidency.... Bush lost reelection in 1992 to Bill Clinton.
The point here is that the American public often has a short memory when it comes to foreign policy endeavors. The recent developments in Afghanistan that have hurt Biden in the polls may still be hurting him come the midterms in 2022 or presidential election in 2024. They could just as easily have no impact at all.
originally posted by: Irishhaf
biggest difference between this and those mentioned in the article is we get to see it happen live in HD, we will be seeing videos from people hoping to get rescued showing murder, torture and rape, not sanitized by the media with the worst aspects not reported on.
Christians being cruicified, 12 year old girls becoming comfort wives, innocents at the mercy of depraved barbarians this is something that doesn't sit well with a lot of Americans, I hope the writer of this article is wrong.
originally posted by: Vroomfondel
a reply to: dandandat2
The writer of this article is not relaying a fact that Americans don't care.
The writer of this article is trying to convince Americans not to care.
There is a difference.
originally posted by: CriticalStinker
a reply to: dandandat2
This has been decades of failure... Which doesn't absolve Biden as he was either a legislator, VP, or Pres through the whole war(s). He's not alone in the blame though.
Most Americans don't really care about the wars in general, because it doesn't directly effect their day to day life (that they know of).
Most of those who do "care" use it as a political football for their agenda. The fact in that is that they all of a sudden care about civilian lives there after decades of war. We did nothing to help the region, just send it into further disarray.
I'd love to be convinced otherwise on this stance, as it's cynical and depressing.