Wednesday, October 25, 2006


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JIM LOBE, INTER PRESS SERVICE - Five years after 9/11, the U.S. public
is considerably less enthusiastic about projecting military power
abroad, according to a major new survey. . . conducted by the Pew
Research Centre for the People and the Press . . . The most interesting
finding . . . appeared to be the growing public disillusionment with
U.S. military intervention. By a 45 percent to 32 percent margin,
respondents said they believed that the most effective way to reduce the
threat of terrorist attacks on the U.S. is to "decrease" rather than
"increase" Washington's military presence abroad. . . That finding marks
a "stark reversal" from the public's position on the first anniversary
of the 9/11 attacks. At that time, a plurality of 48 percent of the
public said expanding U.S. military deployments overseas was the best
way to protect against future attacks, while 29 percent called for
reducing such commitments.

Similarly, according to the new survey, 43 percent of respondents today
say they believed that "military strikes" against nations that were
trying to develop nuclear weapons was a very important way to reduce
future terrorism -- a reduction of 15 percent compared to a Pew survey
taken in October 2002 when Bush was trying to win Congressional approval
for a resolution authorizing him to take military action against Iraq. . .


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