For nearly two years, public opinion has grappled with the prospect of intervention amidst the failed states of Syria and Iraq, and has most often favored intervention. But should we read much into polls showing American support for sending ground troops into Syria or Iraq? According to recent surveys, a majority of Americans (53 percent) favor sending ground troops into Syria or Iraq. They are even more supportive of airstrikes: More than 7 in 10 support the use of strategic airstrikes.
Now, Americans are good at war. The American public favors war, especially in response to perceived, imminent external threats. When posed with the possibility of war, in theory Americans like the idea of invading other countries. In practice--when lives are actually lost--they like invading other c...
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