Americans support tougher action against ISIS

2014-09-09 22:41

Washington - Americans and Congress have grown hawkish in their views of jihadists, according to a Tuesday poll and lawmakers who say President Barack Obama should take stronger military action against the Islamic State (ISIS).

The increasingly aggressive stance frames the backdrop of Obama's upcoming speech to the nation on Wednesday, when he will lay out what the White House says will be his "strategy for degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group."

In the Washington Post/ABC News poll, Americans overwhelmingly favoured taking tougher steps against ISIS, with 52% of respondents saying Obama has been "too cautious" in his approach to the extremist forces rampaging across parts of Iraq and Syria.

Eight percent said his approach was too aggressive, while 35% said it was about right.

Nine in 10 Americans declared ISIS a serious threat.

Respondents favoured ongoing airstrikes against the group in Iraq by 71% to 23%, and they responded 65 to 28% in favour of expanding airstrikes into Syria, where the administration has shown reluctance in getting involved in the ongoing civil war.

In Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for more presidential resolve in bringing down ISIS.

Many lawmakers feel Obama already has authority under the War Powers Resolution to conduct military strikes on Iraq and Syria, but voices from both parties have called for a formal vote to authorize the use of force.

"I am looking for a strategy from the president that takes on this terrorist threat and defeats it," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters.

Boehner and other congressional leaders were to be briefed by Obama later on Tuesday.

Presidential action

Obama has sought to downplay the prospect of re-inserting US ground troops into Iraq, but Boehner declined to rule out the possibility of a role for US soldiers beyond their advisory or protective capacity.

Obama "needs to show that he can be a leader, that he can coalesce the Arab League partners in a way that he hasn't in the past," House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers told Fox News.

But Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger said lawmakers are ready to green-light presidential action now.

"If he chooses to come to Congress, I think it would pass overwhelmingly," Kinzinger said.

Calls to intensify military action against IS go beyond the traditional circle of interventionists. Senator Rand Paul, who has been deeply sceptical of US overseas intervention, has recently joined calls to destroy ISIS.

According to Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, Obama has the authority to launch more airstrikes.

"The question is how long that lasts," she said.

  • Bongani Nkosi - 2014-09-09 23:24

    Obama's policy towards terror groups is too lenient, it seems this time US has no commander in chief.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-10 03:55

      Not so. Wait and see.

      Mafavuke Njengedangamane - 2014-09-10 05:21

      @bongani. Whites relish in their whiteness. But why do whites make their faces black when they fight wars? Does blackness make killing a piece of cake?

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-10 06:15

      Mafavuke, sadly you're a racist.

      Raymon McNelly - 2014-09-10 10:25

      Ja Hosni... You are one of the Obama supporting dipsticks! What a chop. The American people supports tougher action against ISIS and your gabba Obama wants to send arms and provide training for the rebels in Syria, which is ISIS ... what a joke! ROLF.

  • Thonwi Mudzielwana - 2014-09-09 23:27

    The American are so stupid,mampara,idiots.moron etc,they are the one who supply those other moron in Iraq and Syria with very heavy weapons and now they turn their back on them. I wish those moron in Iraq and Syria can find a better way to use those weapons against the American and they kill as many people like in Iraq and in Syria.

      Herman Boshoff - 2014-09-10 04:28

      Eish, says the biggest moron.

  • Roberto Casarelo - 2014-09-10 00:21

    The USA does not have the money for another war.,They already in very serious debt and lots of people dont understand that.Billions wasted in the Afghan and Iraq war and still no peace.So why invest the money you could have used in the USA to help and up lift its own people

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-10 03:58

      The US economoy is the most resilient in the world. Literally it is the engine of the world economy. And 70% of the US economy is consumrer spending. In other words, the US consumer is the engine of the world economy. Look see what is happneing in Europe in comparison.

      Raymon McNelly - 2014-09-10 10:36

      Hosni, please stop commenting. You are embarrassing yourself. The US dollar lost 99% of it's value the past 50 years. The ONLY reason the US dollar is still worth something is because it is artificially propped up by OPEC. The US economy will tank the second the world drops the US dollar as the worlds trading currency which is on the cards. Maybe you haven't been paying attention, but your gabba Obama's been gutting the economy by legislating manufacturing facilities out of business or out of the country. Why do you think coal-power plants are shutting down, coal-mines closing, big companies like GM moved their manufacturing to China ? Unemployment is at an all time high, the debt is higher than it's ever been in known history. Social handouts are highest ever with more than 90 Mil. people on entitlement. The southern border is a open and illegals are draining the medical/welfare/school resources. 'Obamacare' is driving unemployment up, taxing the middle class even more and bankrupting the government... Wake up and smell the coffee.

  • Alan Yates - 2014-09-10 00:26

    Meanwhile in Taqiya named "moderate Moslem Obama financing Saudi Arabia from where Islam's founder was spawned: Dozens of Christians arrested at a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia need America's help, according to a key lawmaker who is pressing the State Department on their behalf. Some 28 people were rounded up Friday by hard-line Islamists from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the home of an Indian national in the eastern Saudi city of Khafji, and their current situation is unknown, according to human rights advocates.  "Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy," Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, told "It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches. This is enforced even though there are over 2 million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments." .... So why do we allow Moslems to have freedom of religion in the non Moslem world when they "ethnically cleanse" non Moslems in Moslem majority countries. Time to ban Islam and close mosques until "moderate" Saudi allows freedom of non Moslems.

  • FORGIVE - 2014-09-10 04:18

    James Foley and Stephene Sotlof were legitimate targets because they were embedded journalists in US wars of aggression. Does the world remember the hailed "revolutionary heroes of Syria"? They now form the greater part of the Islamist State in Iraq and Syria {ISIS}. The murderers of the journalists are the same heroes the deceased and their western colleagues had hailed as gallant revolutionaries at the height of the Syrian conlict. They were armed and funded by the US and its natural allies allies. It's now time to expose all the US covert wars of aggression.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-10 06:17

      You're a violent and heartless person who doesn't understand what is really happening.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-10 06:19

      The US has not armed and funded Al-Quaida or ISIS. This is a ridiculous idea embedded in your blinding prejudice against, and hatred of, the West.

      Raymon McNelly - 2014-09-10 10:41

      *facepalm* Hosni! Again! My word, how uninformed can one person be?

  • Alan Yates - 2014-09-10 04:23

    Under Madrasah educated Barak Hussein Obama , there will be leftist/Islamist enablement sold to the gullible as aggressive intervention. America can do without its current Moslem president...So sad how America, the beacon of equal rights for all has collapsed under the intimidation and influence of 40 years worth of Islamic influence peddling.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-09-10 06:21

      Obama is not Muslim. My God, where are you getting your information from. He is Christian.

  • Simba Mariri - 2014-09-10 06:58

    Alan Yates is a conspiracy theorist nut-job.

      Raymon McNelly - 2014-09-10 10:59

      Simba- You are a gullible fool. A tool for the establishment. You drink the cool-aid and call people that have actually done research, conspiracy nut-jobs. I can confidently tell you that most of what you believe happened in the world the past 100 years, are probably false, but, even in the face of evidence, you are too afraid to admit it because then you must admit that you are a sheep and a fool like most people today. Here's afew for you to chew on, sheep: 1 - Titanic didn't sink on it's maiden voyage. 2 - Kennedy wan't killed by Oswald 3 - America faked an attack to join Vietnam war (Gulf of Tonkin incident). 4 - CIA created Al-Qaeda 5 - Bin Laden was a CIA operative called Tim Osman. 6 - 9/11 was an inside job/false flag, just like Gulf of Tonkin. 7 - Usama bin Ladin wasn't killed in 2011 (faked to make Obama look good). 8 - Syrian Chemical gas attack was false flag attempt to get US in Syria (CIA/Saudi/FSA op.) 9 - MH17 shootdown false flag to demonize Russia. One day, when you wake up, you will notice that almost EVERYTHING you've believed to be true, is actually false.

  • Garth Meister - 2014-09-10 07:41

    I still say that the usa should use pork fat as a lubricant on its bullets..

      Genet Joobs - 2014-09-10 11:53


  • Rapelang Gangada - 2014-09-10 07:45

    Israel can take care of this, let isis invite and the dust they shall bite......

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 08:14

    Hosni. At I suspect that Obama is a free thinker. To admit as much in the USA is to commit political suicide. But rejoice things are changing rapidly. According to polls, non - belief is the fastest growing demographic.

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 08:14

    Hosni. At I suspect that Obama is a free thinker. To admit as much in the USA is to commit political suicide. But rejoice things are changing rapidly. According to polls, non - belief is the fastest growing demographic.

  • Bernard Burger - 2014-09-10 09:17

    I could not say that I did not see that one coming! Well done to the CIA, another problem created to which America will be the solution, and good luck to Israel drilling the Golan Heights (Syria) for oil, must be really easy now that Isis has cleared the path! Makes you wonder about the conspiracy theory that Abu Al Bahgdadi the Isis leader was trained by the Isreali Mossad?

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 09:54

    Sarel. Do you propose that the international community stand by and just watch mass murder?

      Raymon McNelly - 2014-09-10 11:20

      Yes Sean, just like they did with Somalia and Rwanda. Where you so 'vocal' then or are you just a typical hypocrite?

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 09:57

    Dear Mark. Pershing was the US commander on the Western Front in 1917/18

  • Timothy Tanzer - 2014-09-10 10:43

    Google Search: 'ISIS, CIA'

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 11:30

    Sarel. I continuously try use the reply. But l am communicating with my phone on the N24 app . and it has a mind of it's own.

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 11:32

    Raymon. I was., and remain horrified about Rwanda. Not quite sure what event in Somalia you refer to?

      Raymon McNelly - 2014-09-10 13:21

      In 1988 the Somali government killed 50 000 people and displaced more than 650 000 Who intervened? No-one. In Rwanda more than 800 000 people died, who intervened? No-one. Boko-Haram is rampaging through north Africa, killing and maiming. Who intervenes ? No-one. So, why should anyone intervene in Iraq or Syria ? And if you have a good reason, why should it be the US? The US created the problem, they should keep away before making it worse.

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 11:39

    Shucks Raymon and Sarel. I was so looking forward to my first double of the morning and guess what, you've gone and made me postpone it, so that I may properly absorb, and be educated by your reasoned and intelligent arguments.

  • Pietro Mariani - 2014-09-10 12:41

    But yet he would rather cause nonsense with Russia in the Ukraine when the real threat are terrorists in the middle east.

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-10 13:50

    Raymon. There have been dozens of massacres since the establishment of the UN. From Mao's Great Leap Forward, the Cambodian Killing Fields, Indonesia and East Timor, Ethiopian Derge, Idi Amin and Milton Obote and the LRA, Biafra, Darfour, South Sudan, Mozambique Revolution, Angola Civil Wars, Zaire/Katanga/Congo. Silent and drug wars in Argentina/Peru/Columbia. Can go on and on,these are the ones I can think up offhand. ISIS publicise their atrocities, they are on the world's TV screens daily. To stand back and do nothing would be an atrocity in itself and ISIS are too tough a nut for the locals to cracking without help.

  • Munodei Mpando - 2014-09-10 19:50

    The late Jame Foley who was recently gruesomely decapitated in Iraq by a callous militant group was an embedded journalist for the US army and therefore was legitimate target. The abduction which led to his horrendous death was not the first of his daring adventures.In 2011 James was kept under captivity by pro- Gaddafi Libyan forces for 44 days when he was covering the conflict that led to the led to the ousting and hideous murder of Muammar Gaddafi at the hands of the imperial triumvirate USA,France and the UK. His parents mounted a massive campaign for his release. Six months after being released, he went back to Libya "to document Gaddafi's fall", a feat he doubtlessly viewed as an act of heroism. In Nov 2012 Foley TO BE CONT.

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-09-11 05:46

    Forgive. No unarmed civilian or military prisoner should be murdered. Gaddafi was murdered by fellow Libyans. Foley could not have been an embedded journalist with the US army in Libya or Syria. The US army did not have ground forces present in either case. Please try thinking or are you a propagandist for Jihad?

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