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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Another Undeclared War Ramps Up in Syria

President Obama on Friday took the fateful step of sending a small number of special operations combat forces into Syria, opening the door for a larger troop commitment to stem the advance of the radical Islamic group ISIS in the region. Once again America is going to war in an undeclared war.

The president’s been on the spot ever since Russia dramatically expanded its military involvement in Syria several weeks ago. Obama had hoped all along to defeat ISIS and replace Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with a democratically-elected government. Instead, the Syrian civil war has dragged on for four years now, killing tens of thousands and creating the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

Republican senators like John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been demanding for some time that Obama commit U.S. boots on the ground to Syria, and even some of his fellow Democrats are questioning the president’s policies. Forty-seven percent (47%) of U.S. voters now consider Syria a vital national security interest, a dramatic increase from a year ago. But still only 35% believe the United States should get more involved in the civil war there - even though ISIS is clearly seen by many more voters to be a serious threat to this country.

Voters continue to question Obama’s strategy for defeating ISIS, and it remains to be seen if boots on the ground make a difference. For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Fran Coombs.