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On Recent Wars, a Surprising Generation Gap
Posted By Tamara Lytle On March 18, 2013 @ 5:06 pm In Bulletin Today,Washington Watch | Comments Disabled
Americans 50 and older believe the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars were all mistakes, according to a new Gallup poll .
Why such large generational divides ? Susan MacManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida in Tampa who studies older voters, has an idea.
“Seniors have the longest memory of the costs and consequences of post-World War II conflicts,” MacManus says. “They see little benefit to the U.S. from these conflicts. At the same time these wars have taken their toll in terms of lost American lives and costs, many seniors believe America’s stature in the world has diminished.”
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 Gallup poll: http://www.gallup.com/poll/161399/10th-anniversary-iraq-war-mistake.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All%20Gallup%20Headlines
 Iraq: http://www.aarp.org/videos.id=900800753001/
 Afghanistan: http://www.aarp.org/personal-growth/transitions/info-11-2010/retired_soldiers_heed_call_to_return_to_duty.html
 Vietnam: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-11-2012/vietnam-vets-memorial-anniversary.html
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 generational divides: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/12/13/amy-goyer-how-generations-can-live-together/
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