Public Opinion: Can the Pro-War Consensus Survive?

In Korea and Vietnam, backing for war dissolved as the death toll mounted, but that pattern might be broken by a decisive U.S. victory

What would it take to shatter the consensus behind George Bush's policy in the gulf? A meat-grinder war of attrition, strewed with melting bodies in charred tanks? A female prisoner of war paraded on videotape? A bombed-out Statue of Liberty, sinking in tiny copper pieces to the bottom of New York harbor? Conventional wisdom holds that if a ground war begins and the body bags start piling up, backing for the war will dissolve. This is not just the expert condescension that assumes Americans will sustain a war only as long as it mimics a video game. The judgment is based...

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