If a poll put out by Pew Research can be believed, a majority of Americans approve of the ISIS war and a narrow majority want ground troops sent to Iraq and Syria.Sensationalistic and unconfirmed stories on ISIS and Kayla Mueller helped jack up support for war.
Due primarily to a ceaseless stream of horrific propaganda, 63% of Americans approve of airstrikes against ISIS positions while 30% disapprove.
“The possibility of sending U.S. ground troops to the region is more divisive, although the idea draws more support than it did four months ago. Currently, about as many favor (47%) as oppose (49%) sending U.S. ground troops to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria; in October, 39% favored the idea and 55% opposed it,” Pew Research reports.
Although the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have not, as advertised, diminished terrorism, Americans apparently believe a repeat of this failed policy will put an end to ISIS.
In the new survey, 47% say “using overwhelming military force is the best way to defeat terrorism around the world.” About as many (46%) say that “relying too much on military force to defeat terrorism creates hatred that leads to more terrorism.”
In the Pew Research Center’s political typology survey, conducted Jan. 23-Mar. 16, 2014, 57% said an over-reliance on military force creates more hatred leading to increased terrorism, while fewer (37%) said that overwhelming military force is the best way to defeat global terrorism.
The survey does not take into account that the United States has spent decades creating the terror menace, from supporting the Afghan Mujahideen (which would ultimately become al-Qaeda and the Taliban) to training the latest incarnation, the Islamic State.
Pew might ask: Should the United States pull its troops out of the Middle East, stop supporting the proxy war against the al-Assad government in Syria, and put an end to its covert support and training of radical jihadist groups?
The Pew Research poll demonstrates how effective the propaganda campaign has been thus far in manufacturing consensus for endless war against engineered enemies.
It also reveals — that is if we can truly believe the results of this poll — that millions of Americans have no concept of one of the primary founding tenants of the United States: non-interventionism.
From George Washington to Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, the idea of no entangling alliances and non-political commercial relations guided the policies of the United States.
In his inaugural address of 1801, President Thomas Jefferson emphasized that the “essential principles of our government” are “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”