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Hawks and doves of the vietnam war

Doves by Jodie T. By the same token, a late September Pew Research poll found that support among Americans for keeping U. This despite the fact that fully three-in-four Americans see a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan as a major threat to the well-being of the United States. Yet even as enthusiasm for American involvement in Afghanistan has faded, the public has assumed a warlike stance on another front: And when faced with the choice between a nuclear-armed Iran and military action, most Americans chose conflict.

How the Soldiers Felt about the War

Nuclear weapons, of course, understandably evoke public fear. But other, more proximate U. Moreover, Iran has never launched an attack on the U.

Still, it is interesting to note that the contrast between attitudes toward military involvement in Afghanistan and Iran fits into a temporal pattern seen in the attitudes of Americans toward other U. Americans generally like their wars to be successful or short — and ideally both.

In retrospect, a large majority of the U. A year later, as U.

That negative assessment not only persisted but increased in the years long after the war concluded: Attitudes toward the still ongoing conflict in Iraq have followed a similar trajectory over its more than six-year duration.

At the time of the U. Nor did the public grow faint at the first sight of American blood.

  • Many young men burned their draft cards;
  • Doves think that the problem in Vietnam is a civil war;
  • There are reports of Doves throwing fruit and other items at returning soldiers;
  • The Somalia experience likely contributed to the U;
  • The doves had many antiwar protests.

The father of the more recent President Bush, George H. Bush, was far more successful in winning hearts and minds in his invasion of that country in When the possibility of U. A Gallup poll early in the month Aug.

Bush with a masterful rallying of public support for the war. Of course, had the fighting in the Persian Gulf not been brief, and the objective well-defined and achievable, public support might well have been short-lived — as were the very high approval ratings that President Bush enjoyed immediately after the successful conclusion of hostilities.

Gulf War glow was fast fading, hastened by the downturn in the economy and the short but bloody outcome of U.

  • There are reports of Doves throwing fruit and other items at returning soldiers;
  • They thought that the United States should do what ever is necessary to win;
  • It was clear that the communists were a force to be reckoned with.

S, public was strongly approving. And when, on Oct.

  1. There were 510,000 votes that separated the two candidates. The most common place for them to protest would be on a "Collage Campuses.
  2. This started a drug abuse in the United States.
  3. The question is whether we have the staying power to fight a very costly war, when the objective is limited and the danger to us is seemingly remote. Hawks believed that the American army should cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail and that the American military should train and supply the South Vietnamese army.
  4. At the time of the U.
  5. The sections were the people who wanted war and the ones who didn't.

The Somalia experience likely contributed to the U. But Americans were already wary about involvement in Balkan wars before the downing of the Blackhawks in October But when, in that same poll, the eventuality that even 25 U.

Polling Wars: Hawks vs. Doves

While the portion of the public saying that the U. The 8-year-old Afghanistan conflict has long missed its chance to garner public approbation by its brevity.

  • The hawks defended South Vietnam trying to get victory;
  • Gallup polls taken prior to Oct;
  • They also believed that the money that was spent there that it would be much better invested in America for certain programs;
  • Moreover, Iran has never launched an attack on the U.

Now, its fate in the annals of public opinion will likely depend on the clarity and success of its ultimate outcome. Gallup polls taken prior to Oct.

Later Gallup releases may be found at Gallup.