Most Americans and members of the military do not support sending ground troops
September 29, 2014
A corporate poll reveals more than seven in ten Americans believe the U.S. will send ground troops to Iraq and Syria.
Leader of the neocon war faction: Obama will get “dragged into” sending ground troops.
The results from an NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll were posted over the weekend. The survey shows 45 percent of respondents favoring the use of troops if military commanders deem it necessary while 37 oppose sending American troops.
An overwhelming number believe it is inevitable the government will send ground troops to battle ISIS. 72 percent believe American troops will be used while 20 percent think this will not happen.
A survey conducted by CNN/ORC reveals similar results. It also shows that while a majority of Americans support air strikes in Syria and Iraq, they are opposed to sending ground troops.
Members of the military also do not support sending ground troops. Seven out of ten of more than 2,200 active-duty respondents to a Military Times poll oppose sending U.S. ground troops back into Iraq to battle the Islamic State, USA Today reports.
The polls coincide with remarks by the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, who said over the weekend “somebody’s boots have to be on the ground” in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIS, also known as the Islamic State.
“At the end of the day, I think it’s gonna take more than airstrikes to drive them outta there,” the Ohio Republican said. “At some point somebody’s boots have to be on the ground.”
“We have no choice,” he said. “These are barbarians. They intend to kill us. And if we don’t destroy them first, we’re gonna pay the price.”
On Friday Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said ground troops are necessary to win the ISIS War in Syria. He estimated 15,000 troops would be required.
“The answer is yes. There has to be a ground component in the campaign,” Dempsey said, appearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon.
“We need 12,000 to 15,000 to reclaim lost territory” in Syria and Iraq.
The establishment and its media have stepped up the propaganda campaign calling for a more concerted war effort, especially in Syria where U.S. and Gulf Emirate supported mercenaries are attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad.
On September 19 The Wall Street Journal opined that Obama’s pledge not to send troops is misguided.
“Mr. Obama’s ground troops pledge is also short-sighted politically,” the newspaper said. “His goal may be to tamp down anxieties on the Democratic left, and, sure enough, Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday said she and most House Democrats will oppose ground troops. But that’s hardly surprising when the President himself has made no ground troops a political refuge that antiwar liberals can hide behind.”
Left unmentioned is the fact the antiwar faction of the Democrat party is irrelevant. Liberals in the establishment media insist the “mainstream of the party has now veered back toward its more populist and pacifist instincts,” an assertion at odds with reality.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, held out by the left as the party’s progressive hope, supports the ISIS War.
“We need to be working now, full-speed ahead, with other countries, to destroy ISIS. That should be our No. 1 priority,” she said on September 3.
This article was posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 at 10:34 am