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‘Unpopular’ - un’pop•u•lar - Lacking general approval or acceptance.
Aw, gee.. The American people really don’t approve of the war. They’ve totally forgotten about the death and destruction in Afghanistan, but they just can’t find it in their hearts to give the war in Iraq a thumbs up. What a shame.
It’s so comforting to know that we’re in the midst of what the pundits now call an ‘unpopular war.’ I suppose it’s something like an unpopular brand of toothpaste, - not really terrible, but somewhat unappealing and not quite what the public wants. “It’s not the war, really,” we hear. “It’s the way it was fought.” It’s not the toothpaste either, I imagine, but something about the after taste.
Is it conceivable that that this illegal, immoral war, built on a mountain of lies and deceptions is merely unpopular? Is it possible that the death, the bloodshed, and the hundreds of billions of wasted dollars simply lack the general approval of most Americans?
One has to wonder what would happen in a ‘popular war.’
Polls show that most Americans want this long, costly war to be over. But they also want to win. They don’t really know what they would win, and from whom they would win anything. They don’t really know the bad guys from the good ones, but they seem tired of something. They want the troops home, but they fear being attacked in the night by someone out to get them.
And yet, most Americans are not angry or outraged or horrified by what has happened to this country, to Iraq, to our soldiers, and to the Iraqi people. They have set aside the images of Abu Ghraib, and the rendition of detainees for torture in other countries. They are not indignant at the lies they were told, nor are they screaming for impeachment of those who told the lies. They want bygones to be bygones.
They just find the war ‘unpopular’ and inconvenient and unacceptable in some sense….