The New York Times reports today:
“Although White House officials said many federal departments had contributed to the [president's most recent speech], its relentless focus on the theme of victory strongly reflected a new voice in the administration: Peter D. Feaver, a Duke University political scientist who joined the N.S.C. staff as a special adviser in June and has closely studied public opinion on the war.
So Americans will tolerate casualties in a war think we’re going to win but are less willing to tolerate casualties in war they think we’re going to lose. Imagine that! What strange creatures are these Americans!
But there’s more. Feaver’s analysis of the mysterious American psyche is not without its skeptics. The Times adds that Feaver’s finding is “questioned by other political scientists.”
“‘As the costs go up, support goes down,” he said, citing patterns from the Korean and Vietnam wars.”