Public Remains Opposed to Syria War as Officials Admit to Shaky Intel

White House: War Reflects US Interests

Facing growing questions, the Obama Administration is reiterating its claims that attacking Syria would be in keeping with America’s “national interests,” and is even threatening to launch the war without a single ally.

The president may be convinced, but few others are, as polls continue to show an extremely small portion of the American public on board with attacking Syria, only about 25 percent. That’s actually less than the 33 percent Britain had, and their parliament voted down the war today.

But that’s only because there was a vote, and the Obama Administration is adamant that they aren’t going to have any sort of vote. Still, that enormous opposition is going to make it awfully tough for him to launch a unilateral war, and raises the risk of backlash for a totally unapproved, extralegal war.

There’s no reason to expect the public to suddenly come on board either, with the administration’s own officials conceding to the Associated Press that their intelligence on the matter is certainly “not a slam dunk.” Though on TV, officials continue to insist their allegations are “undeniable,” the truth is they’re far from that, and the public seems in no mood to keep the administration’s word for it.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.