Obama Confident Americans Will Want to Attack Syria

Obama's Next Pro-War Speech Set for Tuesday

Polls keep coming out day after day reiterating that a strong majority of the American public opposes attacking Syria. President Obama’s recent speeches, and the many John Kerry speeches, have not budged the figures meaningfully.

President Obama, facing the prospect of a huge defeat in Congress driven by public opposition to the war, has announced that he is planning another pro-war speech to the American public on Tuesday, while continuing to heavily lobby Congress and the international community to accept the US attack.

And with the typical smugness that so far hasn’t cowed the American public into acceptance yet, Obama went on to say that he is “confident” that after the speech the American public will “want” a military strike on Syria.

So far the public speeches have centered around the twin ideas of pushing a “limited war” and claiming secret, unquestionable proof for their narrative. Lies clearly haven’t been working, but it isn’t clear what else the administration has to resort to, let alone how President Obama can remain so confident in his ability to sell this war.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. 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.