Poll: Most Americans approve Syria strikes; want congressional approval for any further action

Poll: Most Americans approve Syria strikes; want congressional approval for any further action
USS Ross (DDG-71) launches a Tomahawk missile at Syria's Shayrat Air Base from the Med, 7 Apr 2017. (Image: USN, PO3 Robert S. Price)

[Ed. – That sounds about right.  You don’t win anything — you don’t even ultimately make a difference — by retaliating for war crimes.  In the short run, it’s very satisfying to administer the punishment.  But Syrians won’t be well-served by a civil war that drags on endlessly and just doesn’t have any sarin gas attacks in it.  Congressional approval implies forwarding the statement of national interests, intentions, and strategy that absolutely must accompany any deeper involvement in Syria.  It also implies tailoring the involvement down and keeping it limited.  More of the people may trust Trump to manage such involvement (i.e., more than trusted Obama).  But it still needs to be limited, definable, and accountable.]

A CBS News poll released Monday morning found that 57 percent of Americans approve of the U.S. airstrikes against Syria and just 36 percent disapprove.

However, most Americans are wary of further military action in Syria with only 18 percent of those surveyed wanting ground troops in the region and 30 percent supporting only airstrikes but no ground troops.

A solid majority, 69 percent, think that President Trump needs to get congressional authorization for any further military action in Syria, with only 25 percent thinking he can act without it.

There was a consensus amongst those surveyed that the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons was “immoral.” Forty-five percent said it was both immoral and a direct threat to the U.S. and 42 percent said it was immoral but not a direct threat.

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