This ‘two-party epistemology’ in the US (as I called it early in the Iraq War) produces odd outcomes, such as that 60% of Republicans think it is more important to win the war than to end it, but they don’t like Obama’s efforts to do just that. Whereas most Democrats want out, the opposite of Obama’s policy of escalation–but a super-majority of Democrats thinks Obama is doing a dandy job in running the war. This odd set of contradictory attitudes is what allows the war to go marching vigorously on. Democrats do not wish to undermine their own president, who is committed to prosecuting the war, and while Republicans don’t like Obama, they support the war effort.---
Der er også noget om overdreven personfokusering her. Dette, og meget andet, er formuleret som en holdning til Obama. Men han fører selv i den grad en politik, der leder efter midten. Eskalering i Afghanistan er det, amerikanerne stemte på, fordi det var det, de gik ind for.