Monday, September 9, 2013

I Know It's Not 90%, But...

U.S. Support for Action in Syria Is Low vs. Past Conflicts
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' support for the United States' taking military action against the Syrian government for its suspected use of chemical weapons is on track to be among the lowest for any intervention Gallup has asked about in the last 20 years. Thirty-six percent of Americans favor the U.S. taking military action in order to reduce Syria's ability to use chemical weapons. The majority -- 51% -- oppose such action, while 13% are unsure.
64% do not support action against Syria. That's a larger number than the number that supported action in Iraq in 2003 - despite the constant anti-Bush/anti-war drumbeat in the media. I know it's not as high as the alleged "90%" that "supported" more gun control {cough}, but it's still very significant - that's nearly two thirds of Americans that do not support any action in Syria.

We shouldn't - can't - run our State Department based on polls, of course. It's just pretty darned interesting that the same media that spent a good chunk of the 2000s telling us just how unpopular "Bush's Wars" were is silent on this matter. One would think that public opinion this far to one side (nearly 2/3 in opposition) would warrant a comment - or at least a footnote that, hey, look, we found a miltiary action even less popular than Bush's war in Iraq...

I know, I know, expecting the media to do its job - while I'm dreaming, I'd like .22LR back on the shelves...

That is all.

3 comments:

KevinW said...

Every time I see "{cough}" I want to "turn my head". Every time I see "State Department" or "media" I think of Chevy Chase bending over and singing Moon River...

notDilbert said...

I'm stunned.......

You mean to tell me that someone is actually in charge of running the State Department???????

Daniel in Brookline said...

To the extent that Hillary, and now John Effing Kerry, are in charge of anything...