The drums are beating for war and military action once again.
Seems like exactly this time last year it was Syria. Now it's
ISIS/ISIL and possibly Syria. The worst part is they reference horribly conducted polls to conclude the majority of Americans are behind action
Video at C-SPAN, but it's not overly cooperative (click the link to start from the beginning):
CSPAN Video Link + Transcript
Just some interesting take-aways:
1. Sen. Levin starts the committee the imagery of ISIL doom and beheading of Americans
2. Sen Inhofe cites weak polls as proof Americans are behind the decision for military action (see below)
3. Hagel and Dempsey stating that $500 million dollars to fund 5,000 members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) with Saudi Arabia offering to host the
training program + additional financial support
4. Dempsey suggests
that "boots on the ground" aren't out of the quesiton
5. McCain presses Hagel at least 3x to have the USA attack Assad if he attacks the FSA
6. McCain wants to "repel" Assad's air assets (helicopters and fixed wing) "if" Assad attacks the FSA
7. McCain criticizes Obama in 2012 for over-ruling his national security team and NOT funding/aiding the "moderates" in Syria, aka the Free Syrian
8. Hagel proclaims we have Middle Eastern allies to assist with airstrikes (Saudi Arabia being one) but doesn't want to discuss further
Other important factors:
- @46 min
- Sen. James Inhofe references a CNN poll saying 70% of Americans feel ISIS is a threat to our
homeland. I can't find the actual poll numbers on CNN's website
, on their broadcasts, or on other referencing sites (like Huffington Post).
Nowhere do they provide HOW MANY people were polled. Sen. Inhofe further says - "One of the things I was glad to see, the American
people, there's been a wake up call."
...referencing the polls as justification for war.
Inhofe then says, yesterday a Wall Street Journal poll came out - again 70% of the people. I checked the WSJ poll and the number polled was a
mere 554 people
. And their conclusion from these 554 "registered voters" was actually 62% support (not 70%).
They skip the poll question from the WSJ that asks - How much confidence do you have that the US will be able to accomplish the goals President
Obama outlined in his speech for degrading and eliminating the threat posed by the ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria?
17% - A great deal
11% - Quite a bit
37% - Just some
33% - Very little
4% - Not sure
I still can't find any polling numbers on the supposed CNN/ORC International Poll stating that 70% of Americans support military
against ISIS. Every news piece I find does not provide the number of people polled. Anyone got an idea on this one?
Apparently this is standard practice with CNN/ORC International polls. (This is based on finding other stories stating poll information CNN presented
on air was later nowhere to be found and possibly hid.)
I'm gravely concerned that this 70% number is grossly miscalculated if not out-right fabricated.
None of this should be surprise to ATSers,
but it's the same dog and pony show that we've seen year in and year out.
There are many points for discussion here. A lot of pieces being moved into position on the chess board. And to that the recent idiocracy of Charlie
Rangel's recent comments to "reinstate the draft" and the desired outcomes of this chess game become gravely apparent.
edit on 16-9-2014 by
WCmutant because: Left out Inhofe's justification phrase...