Americans Don’t Want Involvement in Syria

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With the White House upping United States’ involvement Syrian civil war and tensions increasing with North Korea, a new poll from The New York Times and CBS News shows that Americans are opposed to further miltary against the two countries:

Americans are exhibiting an isolationist streak, with majorities across party lines decidedly opposed to American intervention in North Korea or Syria, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
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Sixty-two percent of the public say the United States has no responsibility to do something about the fighting in Syria between government forces and antigovernment groups, while just one-quarter disagree. Likewise, 56 percent say North Korea is a threat that can be contained for now without military action, just 15 percent say the situation requires immediate American action and 21 percent say the North is not a threat at all.

Washington, for it’s part, isn’t listening. Members of Congress are increasing beating the drums of war, pushing for more direct funding and arms for rebels in Syria in response to reports that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons against his own people.

The poll shows that Americans are overwhelmingly more concerned about the economy than foreign policy affairs. While there is good news here in terms of skepticism to interventionism, there is also some bad news. The poll also shows support for drone strikes against terrorism suspects overseas, a policy that is neither legal or ethical. Not to mention that it creates blowback as it’s useful recruiting tool for terrorist organizations.


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