Despite the US government’s full-frontal harping for the bombing of Syria, Americans still disagree — from Pew Research:
Three-quarters (74 percent) believe that U.S. airstrikes in Syria are likely to create a backlash against the United States and its allies in the region and 61 percent think it would be likely to lead to a long-term U.S. military commitment there.
Meanwhile, just 33 percent believe airstrikes are likely to be effective in discouraging the use of chemical weapons; roughly half (51 percent) think they are not likely to achieve this goal.
Despite all that, the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee voted today in favor of military authorization (in a 10-7 split), but added a John McCain amendment to mysteriously “change the momentum of the battlefield” if need be, an open-ended tack-on if ever there was one.
The committee vote was greeted with alarm by some senators, who warned that Congress and the administration were in danger of acting against the wishes of the US people, who are largely unconvinced, according to recent polling.
“We should not take lightly that the American people are not with us,” said senator Tom Udall of New Mexico.
“They are tired of war.”
Interesting to see the outcome of this building, breakingly-bad momentum.
(Illustration above found here).