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Tuesday, January 21, 2003

 


Burying the Lead

Via Tom Tomorrow I read this Knight Ridder poll showing that 83 percent of Americans would support going to war with Iraq if the U.N. backed the attack, but only "about a third" support a unilateral U.S. attack. Quick 3rd grade math shows that about half of Americans think that the U.S. should follow the will of the U.N. Two thoughts:

1. From a long-term perspective, this is the real story. Half of Americans do not support American empire, but they do support international law. And they believe that the U.S. should be as subject to it as anyone.

2. The entire pundacracy, including in the blogisphere, is seriously out of touch with mainstream opinion. Every pundit I have read so far is either for an attack on Iraq regardless of the U.N., or against an attack on Iraq, regardless of the U.N. Has any opinion-giver out there come out in favor of an attack only if the U.N. approves? Like, apparently, half the American population?

It's too bad Matt Welch has gone AWOL on us...



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