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On Recent Wars, a Surprising Generation Gap

peaceHave older Americans turned peacenik?

Americans 50 and older believe the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars were all mistakes, according to a new Gallup poll.

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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.”


Illustration: Jorgen Carlberg via Wikipedia