Monday, March 24, 2008

Iraq War: It's more of a dull ache than a sharp pain.

The title line from an article on BBC, "American interest in Iraq slumps." Recent research shows that Iraq is not the everyday preoccupation for Americans that it once was. It's more of a dull ache than a sharp pain. The Pew Research Centre, earlier this month, reported that public awareness of the number of US military fatalities in Iraq had declined sharply since last August, with only about a quarter of Americans knowing roughly how many of their own soldiers had died. Pew linked the poll findings to the fact that press attention to the war has waned over the same period, with Iraq occupying 3% of the "news hole" (the amount of print space or air time available to report news) in February, compared with 15% last July.

The BBC article says that 'the economy' is the #1 concern for most Americans. The economy. I wonder if any of those who 'worry' can connect the dots back to the emormous cost of the Bush/Cheney War?

Too bad that so many of those who 'worry' were the cheerleaders for the Bush/Cheney War 5 years ago; too bad they didn't think of what a war could do to the economy.

Wisdom is precious and, obviously, scarce.

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