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Top 13 reasons some Americans don't want to bomb Syria

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Americans are still opposed to military action in Syria, but why? A new poll from Gallup has the answers:


1. It’s none of our business

Twenty-four percent of Americans say that getting involved in Syria’s civil war is “none of our business,” and we should just stay out of it.

2. We’re not the world’s policemen

Nineteen percent don’t think the U.S. needs to be involved in another war.



3. They don’t even like us

Ten percent of Americans think engaging in Syria will do no good, and that the U.S. has yet to figure out how to do it. Also, Syria doesn’t like us.

4. We’re broke

Another 10 percent think we’re too broke to be going to war anywhere.

5. We’ve got enough problems here at home

Nine percent of Americans think we should take care of issues here at home instead.

6. Revenge

Eight percent of Americans fear that if we attack Syria, Assad will retaliate. Assad even said as much.

7. We don’t have enough information

Seven percent think the U.S. has too little information for taking action against Syria and aren’t confident all the information we do have has been released.

8. Don’t want to lose more lives

Another 7 percent are worried about the safety of U.S. troops and want to avoid losing more lives. Of course, that’s in the event that the violence escalates, which Secretary of State John Kerry wouldn’t rule out.

9. Don’t believe in war

Then there’s the 7 percent who don’t believe the U.S. should ever do anything militarily, except maybe surrender to the Soviet Union, China, Cuba or some other communist hell-hole.

10. Need a little help from our friends

Five percent of Americans think we need more help from other countries and U.N. support. Currently, only a few countries are backing us, including France and Turkey.

11. Isn’t there any other way?

Four percent believe there are “other peaceful ways to deal with it all.”

12. The U.S. military has been downsized

Three percent think our military lacks the necessary resources to fight another war and has been downsized too much.

13. It’s too late

One percent of Americans think the U.S. waited too long to act.

Or maybe we’re all wrong. Maybe Obama has the top minds on the situation and we just don’t know it.

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