As the President announced that he is sending 300 troops to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, an overwhelming majority of Americans have indicated that they want nothing to do with fresh conflict in the country.
A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling found that 74 percent of the public is opposed to deploying combat troops back into Iraq.
Across all political lines, large majorities of Americans do not want to see the US become embroiled in another war, despite the atrocities that the radical Sunni group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is committing as it rampages across Iraq, taking control of major cities and strategic areas.
Republicans, Democrats and independents all strongly rejected the idea of US troops engaging in conflict, with only 16 percent saying that they support such military action.
Even among Republicans, only 25 percent say they support the return of troops to Iraq.
Most of those surveyed agreed that the US should provide intelligence to the Iraqi government and explore a diplomatic initiative to deescalate the crisis.
Perhaps most tellingly, over two thirds of those surveyed say that they believe the current violence was directly facilitated by the 2003 invasion of the country under President George W. Bush.
A further twenty percent believe that the current situation has arisen as a direct result of the withdrawal of US troops that began in 2011.
Republicans in Congress are charging that the Obama administration is to blame for the current uprising, arguing that a deal with the Iraqi government should have been made to allow troops to remain in the country beyond 2011.
What has not been touched upon by the mainstream media is the fact that the ISIS is a western intelligence creation, which has been controlled, trained, armed and funded along the Turkish-Syrian border for at least three years by the CIA and it’s regional allies.
The Iraqi army is engaged in heavy fighting with militants in an effort to protect the capital. The latest reports detail how fighting has reached as close as 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of Baghdad, with several cities already having fallen under the control of the Insurgency.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.