If the allegations about how Bergdahl was captured turn out to be true, support for the deal could fall even further, particularly among Republicans. Only 24% of Americans think that the government even has a responsibility to try and rescue a deserter who is captured by enemy combatants. This compares to 82% for soldiers that get lost and captured, 87% for soldiers who are wounded and captured. Even for soldiers that surrender to the enemy, most Americans (57%) think that the government has a responsibility to rescue them.
Yeah, I would expect those polls to crash to the basement, too. At which point they’ll get a lot less coverage.
One thing I don’t understand: A thirty point drop from retrieving wounded soldiers to retrieving those forced to surrender?
What I think that disparity demonstrates is just how few Americans these days have any understanding of the military or of warfare.
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