The tension at Russia-Ukraine border has risen significantly in recent days. Friday witnessed reportsRussian President Vladimir Putin allegedly had an affair with DecidedTo invade Ukraine. Joe Biden, the U.S. president, ordered that same day. Installation of 3,300 combat troopsPoland should join several thousand American troops in NATO member countries. U.S. State Department informed nonemergency personnel at U.S. Embassy Kyiv to evacuate due to “the…”Potential for substantial military action.”
Biden made efforts to calm hostilities this weekend. In a 1-hour phone call, Biden warned Putin about the possibility of “…”widespread human suffering” If Russia invades, noting the U.S. is also “equally equipped” for other situations. Just before the call was made, however, the Pentagon took action to Nearly 160 members from the Florida National Guard are originally from Ukraine and were repositioned elsewhere in Europe.
Biden so far It seemed UninterestedThe American military is deploying its boots on the ground in Ukraine. This is a positive thing and reflects American citizens’ values. broad skepticismTo risk conflict with Russia
A new survey by YouGov and Concerned Veterans For America (CVA), found that 49 percent do not support the U.S. going into war with Russia in the event of an invasion. Only 9 per cent strongly support U.S. military action to counter Russia. The remaining 15 percent are somewhat supportive. About 25% of the respondents said they were not sure if war should be declared by the U.S. For Democrats and independents, the opposition to war was 44% and 46%, respectively, while for Republicans it was 57%.
Individuals with military connections are the most vocal opponents to any military intervention in Ukraine.
60% of veterans polled opposed the U.S. involvement in a war against Russia. The figure for military spouses was 52%. The proportion of veterans and members of military families who believe there should not be more troops in Europe was higher than that for the general population. Eighty percent of veterans believe that Europe should invest more in its own defense than the United States, which is a significant increase from the 63 percent and 52 percent respectively of military families members.
Senior adviser at CVA Dan Caldwell says that these results were not surprising. He says that “based on our interaction with veterans and the polling done over several years, we have seen fairly consistent high numbers of vets being in favor of ending current wars and not starting new ones” and “supporting a less militarized international policy.”
Caldwell says that both veterans and their military families know well the implications and costs of U.S. militarism. Caldwell states, “This community has been the brunt of all our wars in the last 20 years.” “It’s not surprising they would be more worried about a new war with Russia than the population in a war over Ukraine.
American opposition is part of greater war-weariness.
Pluralities or majorities of all groups surveyed by YouGov/CVA supported a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq—including 58 percent of veterans and 55 percent of military families. Surprisingly, 82 percent believe the U.S. should reduce or maintain its current military involvement in the rest of the world.
Caldwell states, “An examination of polls around Afghanistan withdrawal shows that the vast majority believe it was right to pull out.” The poll was conducted by The Hill HarrisX in spring last year Found73% of voters registered supported Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal plan. A Pew Research Center poll found that 54 percent of the respondents supported the withdrawal plan for Afghanistan even though the Taliban gained control. It was the best decision to withhold.
Americans are tired of the wars they have been involved in. They are aware that the recent wars have proven costly and ineffective. Therefore, there is little interest in a new conflict in Ukraine. The veterans and military families, who are well-versed in the consequences of war with Russia, can convince the public that the opposition to the current conflict is not convincing.