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Who are Our Real Enemies?

by baldilocks

Was Bush right? It depends, of course, on what the topic is.

Zero Hedge points to Sta­tista and YouGov polls con­tain­ing the fol­low­ing information:

Amer­i­cans have con­sis­tently iden­ti­fied ISIS as the biggest threat to their nation across mul­ti­ple polls. Tra­di­tional foes, such as the coun­tries mak­ing up George W. Bush’s infa­mous “Axis Of Evil”, have been pushed into the back­ground by the rise of non-​state actors like Al-​Qaeda and ISIS. In recent years how­ever, Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes that the threat pre­sented by some of America’s tra­di­tional ene­mies has started to man­i­fest itself once again. Russia’s annex­a­tion of Crimea came as a real­ity check to the Obama admin­is­tra­tion while as recently as last Sat­ur­day, North Korea con­ducted a bal­lis­tic mis­sile test.

YouGov con­ducted a poll to find out which coun­tries Amer­i­cans per­ceive as their nation’s biggest ene­mies. North Korea has con­tin­ued to make head­lines even after that mis­sile launch with news emerg­ing ear­lier this week that Kim-Jong-un’s half brother was allegedly poi­soned in an air­port in Malaysia. Both inci­dents have illus­trated the unpre­dictabil­ity of the nuclear-​armed régime in Pyongyang and it comes as lit­tle sur­prise that 57 per­cent of Amer­i­cans con­sider North Korea their enemy.

Recall that George W. Bush named Iraq, North Korea and Iran as the Axis of Evil. In spite of the big head­lines that fea­ture Rus­sia as the biggest Bad Guy, the Rus­sians come in sixth on chart – which, of course, does not mean that they aren’t a big­ger threat than is per­ceived by the polled. (Aside: while read­ing all the reportage about Rus­sia today, I briefly felt 25 years-​old again, but my hair color is telling a dif­fer­ent story.)

Iran came in sec­ond. Syria and Iraq came in third and fourth, respec­tively – ISIS; and Afghanistan is fifth.

Does the Amer­i­can pub­lic have a bet­ter han­dle on who America’s ene­mies are than their lead­ers do, both of the recent past and the present? Time will tell. But I think that these polls may show one thing: that Main­stream Media pro­pa­ganda isn’t as effec­tive as it may seem to those of us who lament its exis­tence. That’s cause for hope.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on Feb­ru­ary 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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baldilocks

by baldilocks

Was Bush right? It depends, of course, on what the topic is.

Zero Hedge points to Statista and YouGov polls containing the following information:

Americans have consistently identified ISIS as the biggest threat to their nation across multiple polls. Traditional foes, such as the countries making up George W. Bush’s infamous “Axis Of Evil”, have been pushed into the background by the rise of non-state actors like Al-Qaeda and ISIS. In recent years however, Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes that the threat presented by some of America’s traditional enemies has started to manifest itself once again. Russia’s annexation of Crimea came as a reality check to the Obama administration while as recently as last Saturday, North Korea conducted a ballistic missile test.

YouGov conducted a poll to find out which countries Americans perceive as their nation’s biggest enemies. North Korea has continued to make headlines even after that missile launch with news emerging earlier this week that Kim-Jong-un’s half brother was allegedly poisoned in an airport in Malaysia. Both incidents have illustrated the unpredictability of the nuclear-armed regime in Pyongyang and it comes as little surprise that 57 percent of Americans consider North Korea their enemy.

Recall that George W. Bush named Iraq, North Korea and Iran as the Axis of Evil. In spite of the big headlines that feature Russia as the biggest Bad Guy, the Russians come in sixth on chart–which, of course, does not mean that they aren’t a bigger threat than is perceived by the polled. (Aside: while reading all the reportage about Russia today, I briefly felt 25 years-old again, but my hair color is telling a different story.)

Iran came in second. Syria and Iraq came in third and fourth, respectively–ISIS; and Afghanistan is fifth.

Does the American public have a better handle on who America’s enemies are than their leaders do, both of the recent past and the present? Time will tell. But I think that these polls may show one thing: that Mainstream Media propaganda isn’t as effective as it may seem to those of us who lament its existence. That’s cause for hope.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on February 2017! Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

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