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July 11, 2014, 3:09 am

Voters right to be wary of intervention

Americans are right to be wary about the United States getting more involved in Syria.

A new Fox News poll released days before Memorial Day, a day of remembering the men and women who died in military service for the United States, shows that 68 percent of voters say the U.S. should stay out of greater involvement in Syria because it’s a civil war and the U.S. could actually end up helping anti-American extremist groups.

Only 23 percent of voters think the U.S. should be more involved because it’s a humanitarian crisis and Syria is a strategically important country.

The poll showed that opposition to getter involvement in Syria was across the political spectrum: Of those who are Independents 65 percent agree the U.S. should stay out of Syria, Democrats (69 percent) and Republicans (70) agree.

Of voters who have served in the military 67 percent say the U.S. should not intervene.

The poll showed that overall, 37 percent of voters approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing handling Syria, while 40 percent disapprove. Another 22 percent have no opinion.

The Fox News poll is consistent with earlier polls on U.S. involvement in Syria.

An earlier CBS News/New York Times poll found that most Americans say the U.S. does not have responsibility to intervene in Syria.

According to that poll, 62 percent of Americans say the U.S. does not have a responsibility to intervene in the fighting in Syria.

The opposition of American voters is understandable after two long, costly and unnecessary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Americans have not forgotten that the Bush administration used the claim that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for invading that country. That claim proved to be false.

By the time the U.S. finally left Iraq, a total of 4,486 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq between 2003 and 2012 and $1.7 trillion had been spent.

Yet invasion of Iraq had bipartisan support along with most of the leading pundits in the mainstream media. Many of the same voices are calling for greater involvement in Syria.

Both Democrat and Republican members in Congress have expressed interest in greater involvement in Syria.

There is evidence that the U.S. could be making the mistake of getting involved in a civil war that is not vital to U.S. national security interest and that could actually end up arming anti-American extremist groups.