Originally Posted by Airbeck
And your theory is that only Republicans are aware of these changes, and the Democrats are what, all oblivious, or mentally still in 2013 or something?
This makes more sense to you than its just that the Republicans changed their minds because their guy is making the decision now?
Occam's razor should help here
My theory is that things changed and so did the thinking. Also, will you acknowledge that I specifically stated that some Rs are in favor of it because of Trump? Not all but some. For the record, it is called nuance. Not everything is black and white.
The Democrats, in general, have been the anti-war party since Viet Nam. After Iraq, this seems to be even more set in place. For example, in 2003 the Ds supported going into Iraq at about 52% for vs. 45% against while the Rs were 84% for vs 14% against. A poll in 2015 asked respondents whether they supported the Iraq war in 2003
. Note, this isn't asking if the war was a mistake, it is asking people to remember if they supported the war back in 2003. Rs come in at 52 for vs 45 against. That is a big change considering the poll is asking if the about past support for the war. Clearly a lot of people are not remembering what they believed at the time. Now for the Ds, in 2015 the numbers are 19% for vs. 65% against. So, in 2003 52% of Ds supported the Iraq war but in 2015 only 19% remember supporting it. Link
. That, to me, points to a large swing in anti-war feelings.
I fully believe that the Ds are aware of the geo-political changes since 2003. I also fully believe that those changes do not matter to Ds while they do matter to Rs.
I believe that, for a majority of Ds, the idea of using military force at all is bad no matter what the circumstances. This is, as far as I can tell, quite a change as in the past the Ds were more willing to use the military for humanitarian missions while being against military intervention if the motivation was viewed as financial (no war for oil). It seems that the switch has been flipped to no military intervention at all for a large percentage of Ds.
For the Rs, I suspect that the fact that Russia is supporting Assad in Syria, along with Russia flexing its military muscles the Ukraine and other areas, brings back the cold war days. In fact, there are a bunch
of folks talking