Nearly two-thirds of Amerikans back President Barack Obama’s recent decision to strengthen occupation forces of Afghanistan, according to a new public opinion poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News. These most recent figures are part of Amerikans’ long standing support for the onset, and in this case escalation, of imperialist wars of aggression.
Amerikans support imperialist aggression because they benefit from imperialist exploitation. Rather than a conscious decision or an instance of ‘false consciousness,’ Amerikans’ continual outward aggression is part of a historically formed class consciousness. According to this latest poll, support for a heightened occupation cuts across both Republican and Democratic voters.
Amerikans are a petty class of exploiters inseparable from U.S. imperialism itself. While they regularly support wars against Third World peoples, it is all too convenient for them to turn around and blame the leaders chosen to execute such wars when things don’t go well or when they’re called out as a nation of aggressors. With this latest poll showing clearer than ever Amerikans are in the imperialist camp, they should expect nothing less than resistance and reciprocity from those they favor violence against.