How does war effect a country politically?

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War can affect a country politically in several ways. A war can unite a country politically. During World War II and even for a while after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, our country was united. People and political parties can temporarily put aside their differences and work together. A war that people support can raise a president’s popularity rating significantly. During the first Iraq war, President George H. Bush had a very high rating in terms of popularity. The same was true for President Roosevelt during World War II. War can unite a country politically.

War can also tear a country apart. An unpopular war, such as the Vietnam War, can create major political problems. As anti-war protests grew, people began to openly defy the draft laws. Anti-war protests grew and the president had to deal with them. This war was so unpopular that President Johnson announced he wouldn’t run for reelection. People lost confidence in him, and they began to believe he wasn’t honest with the public. In the Korean War, as the war dragged on, President Truman’s popularity dipped also. It was part of the reason why didn’t run again in 1952. As our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq dragged on, pressure existed to get out of both places. War can bring a country together or tear it apart.