I'm American, I'm not happy about it either. No one I know thinks that way or wants us to behave that way.
We have two main problems in America: our education system sucks balls but we still let those people vote (way more than enough people to swing elections). And the other problem is that our "elected" representatives are career politicians who have become an uncontrollable Nobility of sorts. You think our government actually listens to us? LOL.
close to 0 public support for another war
You should try skimming the comments on Fox.com sometime.
Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.