Patch Poll: Should the U.S. Attack Syria?

As the president and Congress debate another military move in the Middle East, we ask how the idea of a U.S. strike hits home with you. Take the Patch Poll.

Written by Dennis Robaugh.

Should the United States launch an airstrike against Syria in response to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons on its own people?

President Obama has asked Congress to authorize the use of military force, saying he won't put U.S. troops on the ground but military intervention is necessary after 1,400 people were killed in a chemical attack ordered by the Assad regime.

Members of Congress are questioning administration officials and seeking feedback from their constituents.

Leading polls indicate the American people are opposed. A Pew poll showed Americans opposing airstrikes by 48 percent against to 29 percent in favor, and a Washington Post/ABC News shows even more opposition, with 59 percent opposed to 36 percent in favor.

What do you think? Take the Chicago-area Patch Poll and share your views in the comments.

Results will be published Friday, Sept. 6.

Dan Solomon September 05, 2013 at 01:24 PM
I find that I am very conflicted about the Syrian situation. When I first saw the images of the gassing I felt the moral outrage which one feels when witnessing a gross injustice. At this point I thought the US should strike. However now that time has passed I have somewhat reconsidered my position. I wonder if we are getting ourselves into a situation with a lot of unintended consequences. Also we seem to be somewhat isolated diplomatically and I don't like the idea of going in alone. In addition I, like a lot of the American people, am getting war weary. Maybe we should just come home and stay out of stuff. On the other hand there is a moral obligation to come to the defense of others in distress. If we don't do it, who will? So this is my current position. If Obama gets the green light to go ahead I will support him. If Obama gets turned down by congress I will accept that too. I would be interested in hearing from others on this subject.
Jordan S. Zoot September 05, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Barry offered up a red line....which has been crossed...he risks the credibility of the US Armed Forces by not launching a strike...too bad its a lose-lose propisition.
Procrustes' Foil September 06, 2013 at 07:57 AM
Dan and Jordan, your points are well taken. To help me come to some decision about Syria, I looked at history. In 1987, Saddam Hussein attacked his own people, the Kurds, with chemical weapons. His general , Ali Hasan al-Majid (Chemical Ali), gassed the Kurds while Ronald Reagan and the US remained SILENT! These chemical attacks lasted two years and killed thousands. Four years later, in 1991, George H.W. Bush attacked Iraq but failed to kill Saddam Hussein. In 2003, George W. Bush attacked Iraq again by lying to the US people about WMD which did not exist in Iraq.(They were probably depleted during his attacks on the Kurds.) All of these actions greatly destabilized the region and caused tens of thousands of deaths. IMO, another military attack would lead to more chaos and more problems than we can even imagine and would probably fail to address Assad's chemical weapons attacks on his people. I think that we need to completely isolate Assad. We have the technology to freeze his banks accounts and all banking activities, cripple the technology that runs his weapons programs, cripple his information systems (television, radio, newspapers), and generally make HIS life unbearable.
Jordan S. Zoot September 06, 2013 at 08:13 AM
Perhaps the BEST way to do that would be to ask the IDF to clean out Syria...or at least test the next generation of munitions there.
Tantor September 06, 2013 at 03:59 PM
1. If we attack Syria, a country which has not attacked us or has any plans to attack us, we are going to function as Sunni Al Qaida's Air Force. 2. Al Qaida Sunni jihadists are leading the actual fight vs Assad and constitute the most effective fighting force of the insurrection, just as the most effective fighting force for Assad are the Shiite jihadists warriors of Hezbollah. 3. With Assad winning the ground battle, it is highly unlikely he used chemical weapons knowing the uproar that would follow; most likely it was the rebels trying to provoke what they have just provoked; al-Nusra rebel fighters were caught with Sarin gas in Turkey in May of 2013; story has not been picked up by U.S. media but is all over European newspapers; see http://www.redstate.com/2013/08/30/syrian-rebels-use-sarin-obama-silent/ ) . 4. Christians of course will be terrorized by a Sunni Islamic regime in Syria and forced to flee, as happened in Iraq after we deposed Hussein and as the Islamists in Egypt are now terrorizing Christians. The Christian population in Iraq has been decimated. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10264499/The-almost-unremarked-tragedy-of-Christians-persecuted-in-the-Middle-East.html 5. Al Qaida has already attacked the Christian village of Maalula, where Christians still speak the ancient Aramaic language and the mass is held in Aramaic. This has not been picked up by the U.S. media but is all over the European newspapers. See this report from AP in The Telegraph in England. Some reports tell of Al Qaida telling villagers to convert or else http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10289944/Syria-crisis-al-Qaeda-seizes-village-that-still-speaks-the-ancient-language-of-Christ.html 6. An Islamist Sunni regime in Syria will eventually be even more dangerous to Israel than Assad, an Alawite but in practice a secular dictator, is now. 7. Obama, his Democrat followers, McCain, the GOP Establishment, the Neocons, AIPAC (see NYT story: http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/09/ny-times-scraps-aipac-from-syria-story-171669.html ) and the Christian fundamentalists want the U.S. to serve as Al Qaida's Air Force!


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