He’s finally done it. President Obama has united the American public on something ... now if only he could hop on board too. Despite the President’s calls for Congress to “act on Syria,” it seems the vast majority of citizens think the United States should keep its nose out of the middle eastern country’s bloody civil war.
According to a CNN poll on Monday morning, even though 8 in 10 Americans believe Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, more than 7 in 10 say military action on our behalf “would not achieve significant goals for the United States.”
Indeed, approval for President Obama’s handling of the Syria situation is dropping faster than Snooki’s dress size as Republicans, Democrats, and seemingly everyone in between want to take a more hands-off approach. Just 24 senators are publicly in favor of intervention in Syria, less than half of the 50 needed to pass a resolution. The GOP-led House isn’t expected to vote unless the Senate passes something first.
What is going on here? Do we have PTID -- Post-Traumatic Iraq Disorder? The number of Americans that believe Assad gassed his people is similar to the number of people that believed Sadam had WMDs when we went into Iraq, but back then the majority of Americans supported sending in the military.
Why the switch-up?
My guess is that this is a very different kind of conflict than the one we saw in Iraq. What I’m about to say doesn’t do the situation justice at all, but essentially what’s happening in Syria is a civil war in which both sides suck. There’s not really a chance for any sort of victory there.
The only thing that taking down Assad might accomplish is creating a power vacuum that would only lead to the rise of another dictatory dictatorship.
It’s tragic. It sucks. My heart breaks for the non-violent, non-terroristy people in Syria geting caught in the crosshairs -- especially the children. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot we can do without creating an even big mess.
Do you think we should get involved in Syria?
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