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US Public Skeptical of Syria Strikes

People protest against any U.S. military action against Syria, in New York City's Times Square August 31, 2013.People protest against any U.S. military action against Syria, in New York City's Times Square August 31, 2013.
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People protest against any U.S. military action against Syria, in New York City's Times Square August 31, 2013.
People protest against any U.S. military action against Syria, in New York City's Times Square August 31, 2013.
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U.S. President Barack Obama and some leading lawmakers are coming out strongly in favor of military strikes against Syria, but it appears they have more work to do to convince the American public.
 
A Washington Post / ABC News poll finds 59 percent of Americans surveyed oppose launching missile strikes against the Syrian government compared to 36 percent in favor. The poll found support for airstrikes against Syria increased from 36 percent to 46 percent if other countries, such as Britain and France participated. 
 
Another poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found those opposed to airstrikes against Syria outnumbered those in favor, 48 percent to 29 percent.
 
The poll found 74 percent of respondents say that airstrikes will result in an anti-American backlash, while 61 percent think airstrikes would lead to a long-term U.S. military commitment.
 
Both polls surveyed more than 1,000 people between August 29 and September 1, before President Obama and top administration officials began their latest push for support. They have a margin of error of plus or minus about 3.5 percent.

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by: Moi from: Australia
September 04, 2013 10:42 PM
Killing Syrian civilians to punish Assad for killing Syrian civilians is a failure of critical thinking.

by: gig24
September 04, 2013 10:28 AM
Same as 1940, NO WAR with NaziGermany...but we wound up in D-Day on 6.6,1944 . When somebody wants a war with USA , he/she shoulkd have it right then and there,decisive and with the demand for unconditional surrender,.noit yearsd (and Millions of death's)later. What we got here is the force-continuation of the Vietnam and Korean war.KoreanOfficers are with gas and with Assad(and Putin). If we are sucked in,we are sucked in and need to hack it out with all opponents(incl. or excl. WMD's).Putin and China are determined to smash up the functionality of the UN.Its part of their war plan.
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by: Good Ol' Boy from: Drinking whisky and rye
September 04, 2013 8:57 PM
When someone wants a war with the USA they can have it whenever wanted by declaring war on the USA. You seem to be confusing it with when people don't want a war with the USA, but the USA invade them anyway (simple mistake to make, that's the usual way for the USA to get involved in a war). Also, as far as Putin & China having a grand plan to damage the UN's effectiveness, the good ol' US of A proved the UN's ineffectiveness to the world when they started an aggressive war against Iraq without a UN mandate - so if there is a plan to make the UN irrelevant, it would appear to be American...

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 04, 2013 10:08 AM
Count Mr. Obama as the number one opposition to any form of strike in Syria. Although it seems muslims don't like to strike at one another, but we have seen Bashar Al Assad killing his people - fellow muslims; It's happening in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Nigeria where muslims kills fellow muslims in their numbers, so I wouldn't say why Mr. Obama refuses to strike Syria after it has violated laid down rules, which Mr. Ban Ki Moon calls serious war crime.

Maybe it's not as serious as the American public wanted it to be, or more and more Americans now want to be identified as muslims because their president is one. But what is for sure is that the weapon has just been tested, the real action will happen on US soil soon if not curbed, NOW! Maybe the lesson of 9-11-2001 has gone far away into history to be remembered. Going to congress is one delay strategy: someone may filibuster the debate and maybe the situation will either sort itself out or break into hold until Mr. Obama's term expires in a couple of years. If that fails to stop the drift, Mr. president will find another, and another, and another until...
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by: gig24
September 04, 2013 12:36 PM
@Godwin. Assad is not muslim, he is halowit which is almost Shia.Putin is worse than Stahlinand KimJong-un, he is abusing Assad,and he will dump him as soon as the Oil is in his(and china's) hand and the Arab kingdoms/shaikdoms have vanished.They 'll have nothing left,their defense budgets will have all eaten it up in their effort to survive what's coming now.

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