Thursday, April 20, 2006

Yep, We're Sunk.

Fox News Channel reports on some poll results. First a brief bit on the poll itself.

Opinion Dynamics Corp. conducted the national telephone poll of 900 registered voters for FOX News on April 18 and April 19.
It contains the expected results: Bush's approval ratings stink, Congress's ratings are worse, etc. But what struck me was Question Eight and its results. (Full results at link.)
8. Who do you think should have the final say on U.S. military matters -- civilian leaders or military personnel?
Only twenty percent choose civilian leadership, while 54% thought the military should have final say in military matters.

Okay, if the citizenry doesn't believe in civilian control of the military any more, then the days of the Republic are coming to a close. (And if the public simply couldn't parse the question properly, that's just as bad.) I wonder what will come next?

2 comments:

Pooh said...

That is depressing. Though it strikes me as possible that this is the sort of question very much open to ambiguity...I mean on some levels, of course the military should have the last call on military matters.

Icepick said...

The broadness of the question may allow for that interpretation, but that's a reach. And stories like this really aren't making me feel any better about it. The military is breaking into factions, one of which seems top think it should be deciding US foreign policy. That is distinctly bad.

And of course there is the five+ year-long revolt going on at the CIA. These are evil times.