75% Of U.S. Military Oppose Strikes On Syria

14 Sep

From Military Times:

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To the list of skeptics who question the need for air strikes against Syria, add an another unlikely group — many U.S. troops.

“I haven’t heard one single person be supportive of it,” said an Army staff sergeant at Fort Hood who asked not to be identified by name.

A Military Times survey of more than 750 active-duty troops this week found service members oppose military action in Syria by a margin of about three to one.

The survey conducted online Monday and Tuesday found that about 75 percent of troops are not in favor of air strikes in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons to kill civilians in that country.

A higher percentage of troops, about 80 percent, say they do not believe getting involved in the two-year-old civil war is in the U.S. national interest.

For many troops, money is a key consideration. Troops question the cost of bombing Syria at a time when budget cuts are shrinking their pay raises, putting their benefits package at risk and forcing some of their friends to separate involuntarily.

“We don’t have money for anything else but we have a couple hundred million dollars to lob some Tomahawks and mount an expensive campaign in Syria?” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Chris Larue, a 39-year-old maintenance expert at Fort Eustis, Va., referring to the precision-guided missiles that are likely to be used in any strike.

The debate about striking Syria is also revealing a strain of isolationism growing inside a battle-weary military that has spent more than a decade supporting high-tempo war operations overseas.

“People are just sick of it,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Harvey, a nuclear-trained officer who works at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

“It’s like the old pre-World War II isolationism, I hear grumblings of that. People would rather withdraw all our troops and let the rest of the world figure out what to do. I think there is a lot of credence to that argument.”

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9 Responses to “75% Of U.S. Military Oppose Strikes On Syria”

  1. mick September 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    Even Rome eventually tired of war and the expense of the relentless battles. The only raping and pillaging which occurs these days is securing oil supplies so perhaps as the US finds its LNG on home territory it will have less hunger for war.

  2. Kevin Moore September 15, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    OT a bit but very interesting –

    Dollar era drawing to its end
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    11.09.2013
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    “U.S. power is determined by two components: the dollar as the world reserve currency and the army. When the U.S. dollar becomes weaker, the army starts acting, arranging demonstrations and beneficial in the long run aggressions “oil in exchange for democracy.” There are many examples of this, especially after the collapse of the great Soviet Union, when the United States began organizing local wars and conflicts nearly every year. Syria is a good example: Obama spoke of an armed strike after he became aware of the official debt of 17 trillion dollars, and according to unofficial estimates of Californian scientists this number is much larger.
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    A great invention of the financiers Rothschild and Rockefeller – the U.S. Federal Reserve System (FRS) is a private company that since 1943 (adoption of the Bretton Woods system, the replacement of gold with the dollar as a reserve currency) has been dictating to the world how to live, and where and how to spend money………………….”
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    President Putin has consolidated BRICS countries around Russia in order to create sovereign issue tools in addition to the Federal Reserve that did not exist since the time of the Soviet Union. These are the outlines of a future world order where there will be no place for the greedy hegemony of the U.S. and its Anglo-Saxon satellites. The U.S. authorities are unable to prevent such a development. In terms of military potential BRICS countries are as strong as the U.S. and NATO, even if we assume that they will choose a suicidal nuclear mission.”

    Yuri Skidanov
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    Pravda.Ru
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    http://english.pravda.ru/business/finance/11-09-2013/125621-dollar_era-0/

    • Kevin Moore September 15, 2013 at 8:07 am #

      B.I.

      Failed to notice the above would fit in your previous post

  3. Kevin Moore September 15, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    “Americans are turning gay” says Pravda.ru
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    From Russia’s Pravda news –

    http://english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/18-06-2013/124864-putin_obama-0/

    “…………The US is broke and Russia is the world’s largest oil producer with a growing economy. Russia is not backing down and they have China to back them up. Who will back the US? Tiny Britain? Americans are turning gay and Russian men are looking more like the Klitschko brothers. The US is the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah while Christianity triumphs in Russia. No ACLU in Russia suing Christians to be sure. The largest country in the world shows only contempt at the US Bomb & Missile Diplomacy.

    The western media will warp the truth as usual. They will not show the entire video of Putin and Obama fearing that Americans will see things as they are and wise up. No mention of Christianity under attack in the Middle East and North Africa. Loud music and commanding voices will tell American citizens what to think and who to hate as they become mesmerized by their idiot boxes. Little is mentioned of Christians or priests murdered in Syria or the Christian Bishops that were kidnapped. Again the western cry is here reiterated, “What difference does it make! Assad must go!” Amerikan Demonocracy foaming at the mouth rabid with hate.

    Standing firmly against these maniacs is Putin with Christian Russia solidly behind him. There has been finger pointing between the West and Russia but the political rhetoric is ignored by President Vladimir Putin as he calmly directs stability in the Middle East. Obama said, “By working together we… also help lead the world to a better place.” We know your record Obama and it stinks of death. The only leading going on is Vladimir leading you by the nose. Putin made sure there will be a follow up to this meeting in Geneva. Lest O’bomber forgets”.

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/06/russian-paper-says-weak-eyed-obama-is-leader-of-sodom-gomorrah-following-g8-summit/#ixzz2XKb3UkSu

  4. Kevin Moore September 15, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    The Planned Destruction of Christians in Syria

    http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/print63858.htm

    • mick September 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      Many Americans are war weary and remember the “weapons of mass destruction” spiel from the Iraq campaign. These weapons never existed.

      You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

      So who would trust reports coming out of Syria? It may even be that the US launched the gas attack on Syrian civilians. Who knows? But I wouldn’t put this past regime which permits its own citizens to be slaughtered because it does not want to annoy the rich gun lobby.

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