cynic wrote:one aspect of the info i haven't extracted, that may have *considerable* significance, is that many vetos represented multiple reworkings of an initial proposal to deal with one specific issue (conflict) at hand.
or did you already account for that?
I think that's a valid question, and no, I didn't account for that. I simply used the raw numbers.
To add a little to the breakdown (the percentages may have more to do with political fighting and international relations than anything else. The more times Israel is the focus of a condemnation, the more vetoes the US will issue. And, as Mike noted, some of these may be reworkings of the same proposed actions.):
Nixon 9 (1970-1974), 2 related to Middle East (Israel or Palestinian issues) or 22%
Ford 7 (1975-1976), 3 related to Middle East or 43%
Carter 4 (1977-1980), 1 related to Middle East or 25%
Reagan 35 (1981-1988), 17 related to Middle East, or 48%
Bush 1 7 (1989-1992), 4 related to Middle East, or 57%
Clinton 3 (1992-2000), 3 related to Middle East or 100%
Bush 2 7 (2001-2004), 6 related to Middle East or 86%