America’s new isolationismWeary of war, Americans increasingly balk at military intervention. Does this reflect a new strain of isolationism or just doubts about the effectiveness of using force in the Middle East?
According to a survey conducted by Pew, 1 in 3 US veterans of the wars since 9/11 think that Iraq and Afghanistan have not been worth it.
Breaking it down by individual war, half of the polled veterans considered the war in Afghanistan to have been necessary and 44% said the same of the Iraq war.
Six in ten of these veterans thought that we should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on domestic issues.
Only 21% of them thought that the civilian public understood the issues faced by servicemembers.
87% came down on the side of increased use of drones in warfare.
82% were against re-institution of the draft.
Above is a chart detailing what servicemembers reported as being the rewards and the burdens of their military experiences and a word cloud of the words and phrases they chose to describe those same experiences.