Most Americans oppose U.S. intervention in Iraq

WASHINGTON Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:28pm EDT

Residents gather at governorate building of Nineveh province after the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control in the city of Mosul June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents gather at governorate building of Nineveh province after the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control in the city of Mosul June 16, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans overwhelmingly oppose U.S. intervention in Iraq in the face of an advance by radical Sunni Islamists that routed the Iraqi army, a Reuters-IPSOS Poll showed on Thursday.

Fifty-five percent of those polled said they were against U.S. intervention of any kind, while only 20 percent supported it. There was little disparity in the overall response among Democrats, Republicans and independents.

Among those who supported some form of intervention, the most popular action was humanitarian aid for refugees from the conflict, and the second most popular was air strikes to support Iraqi government forces.

When presented with President Barack Obama's position that there would be no U.S. military intervention unless the Shi'ite-led Iraqi government took steps toward power-sharing with Sunni and Kurdish leaders, most still opposed U.S. engagement.

Forty-five percent responded that the United States should not get involved in the conflict "no matter what," 34 percent said Obama was setting appropriate conditions for engagement and 21 percent said U.S. involvement was needed to keep extremists from taking power.

The poll reflected predictable splits between Republicans and Democrats on ascribing blame for the Iraq crisis, in particular on the decision by Democrat Obama to pull all U.S. forces out of the country in 2011, eight years after they were sent in by Republish President George W. Bush.

Sixty-one percent of Republicans said the crisis was evidence that U.S. forces should not have left Iraq, compared with 26 percent of Democrats. However 74 percent of Democrats said it was evidence that withdrawing the forces was the right decision, compared with 39 percent of Republicans.

The online poll of 1,019 Americans was carried out between June 17 and 19 and had a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

(Reporting by David Storey; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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QuidProQuo wrote:
For the last decade and more we have let dysfunctional, unevolved, destructive countries dominate, dictate and manipulate our nation. We have a whole generation of children who have grown up here knowing nothing but talk of war and conflict with Muslim nations. We have let their religion and their differences in their religion suck up our resources and energy. And for what? To pretend that some form of actual stability and national interest for us exists? Let the Arab nations fight amongst themselves and let us mitigate for our nation by focusing on our energy security and protecting our country via strong missile defense shield. When are our leaders going to finally say enough is enough and get the hell out of those areas and stop letting those areas suck up our precious resources. I don’t see other “developed” and strong nations jumping into the fray. Why? Because they are smart. Let Iraq go to hell. The whole “My Mohammed is better than your Mohammed” mentality is annoying, hateful and blood to the nth degree. We already spent over 25 billion in Iraq as it is. Seriously, it’s time to turn our backs on that hell hole and wipe the sand off our feet. I could care less if that whole region gets sucked into the deepest realms of hell.

Jun 19, 2014 4:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
and yet the GOP warhawks still want to go to war in Iraq again…

Jun 19, 2014 4:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

The GOP just wants to do whatever is opposite of Obama. Obama and Hillary wanted to embrace the Arab spring and help these rebels take on Assad. Now they want to stop them in Iraq. Obama’s foreign policy legacy is going downhill fast. At least he isn’t running up trillion dollar war debts like GW Bush.

Jun 19, 2014 5:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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