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.
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.