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Poll: Americans Don’t Think US Has a Responsibility to Act in Iraq

Iraqi and American soldiers

There is yet another reminder that after two long and expensive wars the American people have turned sharply against spending blood or treasure in another foreign conflict.

According to a new NYT/CBS News poll, 50 percent of Americans don’t think the country has a responsibility to act in Iraq to try to stop the fighting. Only 42 percent of Americans think the country does have a responsibility to act.

This mirrors what we have constantly seen with each new foreign conflict over the past few years. In Syria, the American people don’t think our country has a responsibility to act and strongly opposed airstrikes even after the news about chemical weapon use. Similarly, a clear majority of the country didn’t want to get involved in the situation in Crimea.

The American people have little stomach for foreign intervention this days because they have good reason to seriously question its effectiveness. Obviously, Iraq is in crisis at that moment and Libya remains unstable years after our airstrikes helped out Muammar Gaddafi.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Smith

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (