Americans Overwhelmingly Opposed to Military Intervention in Libya

Sunday, March 20, 2011


With a UN Security Council-backed no-fly zone over Libya as a pretext for an all-out American military attack on Tripoli, polls show Americans overwhelmingly opposed to President Obama’s military intervention in Libya.

Here’s a quick look at recent polls:

• A CNN/Opinion Research poll finds 74% believe the United States should “leave it to others” to resolve the situation in Libya.

• A Pew Research survey finds 65% think the United States doesn’t have the responsibility to do something about the fighting in Libya.

• A Fox News poll finds 65% oppose the U.S. military getting involved.

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10 Responses to Americans Overwhelmingly Opposed to Military Intervention in Libya

  1. feminazi says:

    We’re asked to sacrifice by this president and do with less to get our financial house in order and for what? To pay for a half dozen ships of war and hundreds of missiles aimed at an oil-rich African nation? I’m not stupid and I’m tired for this president treating me as if I have no brain. Aren’t two unresolved wars enough? And if Obama signed off on this action, he needs to return to the USA and stop hiding in Rio.

  2. R.J. says:

    I’m opposed to the wars we have in Iraq and Afghanistan but this one I can bet behind. It’s quite possible it could be wrapped up in weeks rather than years if all we’re doing is providing air support.

    On the other hand, I’d probably have a different opinion about this if Wikileaks didn’t tell us Qadaffi was 100% behind the Lockerbie bombing.

  3. Joe in Colorado says:

    My prediction is simple. If Qaddafi is still arming and fighting coalition forces next Sunday I believe we will see the first American troops on the ground in Tripoli and in Benghazi.

  4. TOM339 says:

    The CIA and Interpol had ample opportunity to remove Kaddafi following Lockerbee and for reasons not fully understood, the global intelligence community gave Kaddafi a Hail Mary pass and the rest is history.

    Obama will not going to have an easy time selling this latest war — our third, to a war-weary public, exhausted from a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Also, I have a sneaking suspicion the Republicans are setting him up for the fall. He may look back at this decision and wish he hadn’t let himself get back into a corner by Hillary Clinton and followed his instincts — which was to use diplomacy and not force.

  5. Estacada says:

    The Dems are circling the wagons.

    Sens. Carl Levin and John Kerry were on ‘Meet the Press’ trumpeting Obama’s careful actions and reasoned response to Libya. Even GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions slathered Obama with wet kisses. Very curious.

  6. Kate Novotny says:

    The French should be the ones dealing with Gaddafi — not us.

  7. libhomo says:

    This is a major change. Usually, Americans support every military intervention at first. I guess people are starting to wake up.

  8. fran says:

    My Congressman DeFazio D-OR made a public fuss saying the president can;t just go to war on his own decision, he needed to reconvene Congress for official approval.
    Well, literally, that ship has already sailed.
    They will come up w some “reasoning” it’s not a war, it’s a NARO coalition.

    Could the timing be worse? Right around the 8th year anniversary of the Iraq war, which, apparently is not an Accomplished Mission.

    We Americans have over $1 trillion reasons to be opposed to more wars.

    People are starting to connect-the-dots. All financial disaster is directly related to the trillion bucks we wasted on 2 wars.
    Does adding a 3rd make any sense?

    We all know the drill. Be the military aggressor, live in fear of retaliation, go bankrupt.

    We’ve got plenty of funds for Tomahawk missiles, but they are closing 6 schools in the city where I live this year.
    I am sick of this country & it’s endless wars.

  9. Jolly Roger says:

    “Junket John” Boehner has said that the President will have to come and explain himself.

    Boehner is completely correct this time, although neither the President or his predecessor thought so.

    It’s bullshit. We can’t educate kids, or fix bridges, but when it comes to giving a billionaire another tax break or getting into a war-we’re right there.

  10. Walk on Socks says:

    I was pleased to see Rep. Dennis Kucinich say something to the effect that President Obama has opened himself up to impeachment by starting a war without Congress approving it.

    At least someone in Washington DC knows the US Constitution.

    What I find perhaps the oddest aspect of Operation Libyan Odyssey or whatever the hell they’re calling is, Mr. Obama’s CV says he’s a constitutional law professor. Of all the people in government, he should know better.

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