The Pew Research Center and the Council on Foreign Relations released a new poll stating that the citizens of the United States are becoming more isolationist, as well as a number of other findings. You can read the whole story here, and the actual link to Pew is here.
The results are interesting, and I recommend checking them out, but what caught my eye was this:
Two-thirds of Americans say that there is less international respect for the United States than in the past. When asked why, strong majorities – 71 percent of the public, 88 percent of opinion leaders –cite the war in Iraq.
Who are these opinion leaders, and how does Pew define them? As it turns out, Pew provides an answer:
The results of the opinion leaders survey are based on Americans who are influential in their chosen field. The sample was designed to represent these influentials in eight professional areas of expertise: media; foreign affairs; national security; state and local government; university administration and think tanks; religious organizations; science and engineering; and military. Every effort was made to make the sample as representative of the leadership of each particular field as possible. However, because the goal of the survey was to identify people of particular power or influence, the sampling was purposive in overall design, but systematic with regard to respondent selection wherever possible.
Just something I thought was interesting.
In other words, despite what they may say in front of cameras and reporters, admin officials and their supporters know they have badly f*cuked up Iraq.
Damned elitist opinion leaders – telling the common man what to think.
Damn majority of Americans, telling the WH what they think!
You know how Bush always proudly states that he pays no attention to polls? He may want to consider starting. Oh wait…but that would involve actually changing course when something isn’t working.
Rumor has it the only people he’s even talking about are Laura, mom, Condi, and Karen Hughes.
Now that should scare the bejesus out of everyone.
Basically, he has enough smoke blown up his ass to justify a warning from the EPA.
(horn sounds) You get the BLOTDSF Award.
“Best Line Of the Day So Far”
Note to self: Must get waterproof keyboard …..
The Disenfranchised Voter
Good. Finally they see that policing the world isn’t such a smart idea. I hope we bring ALL of our troops home soon. We should defend America, not the world.
I was at the corner on 28th and Olive in Georgetown listening to Joe Alsop tell me that, sniff, there were “really only 200 people in the world.”
As I was leaving, his cousin Alice Roosevelt Longworth grabbed my ear and said, “one assumes the other 199 do not pee in their pants.”
I looked back and–sure enough!