President Obama asked Congress for “authority to do what he’s already been doing since September — bomb ISIS as part of an international coalition and train and arm Kurds, Iraqis and Syrians” as a political symbol and to “spread the blame when something goes wrong.” Investor’s Business Daily,
But in a brief Wednesday afternoon statement on his authorization request, Obama ended up saying as much about what he does not want to do.
“The resolution we’ve submitted today does not call for the deployment of U.S. ground combat forces to Iraq or Syria,” Obama maintained. “It is not the authorization of another ground war, like Afghanistan or Iraq.” …
However, a new Rasmussen Reports poll also out Wednesday reveals for the first time that a majority of Americans are now sufficiently concerned about ISIS’ barbarism and terrorist threat that it supports the use of ground combat troops again in Iraq as part of an international effort.
The poll of 800 likely voters found that 52% want to do more than Obama, 28% do not and 20% don’t know.
The numbers show steady growth in support of ground troop deployment since September when 48% liked that idea and 36% were opposed. A key element in that support is involvement of other countries, especially Muslim ones.