Skip to comments.Poll: Even in GOP, little appetite for military involvement in Ukraine
Posted on 03/10/2014 12:54:40 PM PDT by McGruff
WASHINGTON -- The rallying cry at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference here last week was that President Obama had failed to show strength on foreign policy, but a new CNN poll found that even among Republicans, few support U.S. military involvement -- or even military assistance -- in the Ukraine crisis.
A plurality of respondents (48%) approved of Obamas handling of the situation in Ukraine, the poll found. That figure was higher than the president's overall job-approval rating, which has hovered in the low 40s.
Russia has sent troops into the Crimean peninsula and encouraged what Obama has called an illegal referendum on March 16 that is to decide whether Crimea secedes from Ukraine to become part of Russia.
About 59% of poll respondents said they favored imposing economic sanctions on Russia -- a move that the president put in play last week when he authorized the Treasury secretary to freeze the assets of people found to be involved in subverting Ukraine's democracy or invading its territory.
However, fewer than half, 46%, said they favored providing economic assistance to the Ukrainian government. Secretary of State John F. Kerry traveled to Kiev last week to offer $1 billion in loan guarantees, part of what the administration hopes will be a larger aid package led by European nations.
Some Republicans, most notably Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, have argued that the administration should be taking a more forceful approach. But CNNs poll numbers indicate there is little public appetite for any sort of military involvement in Ukraine, even among Republicans, after a decade of intense engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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But I believe the numbers. I haven’t seen anything to suggest America has any interest in getting into a war over there. Sanctions, yes. But a war or troops etc? Nope.
John McCain and Lindsey Graham can go and fight for the Kiev neo-Nazi regime (and for Al Qaeda in Syria), no one is stopping them.
Jeeze, does everyone think the nukes disapeared with the wall or something? I don’t want to get into a military conflict with Russia over the Ukraine.
What does he mean by “even in the GOP”? The GOP opposed helping the Libyan and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and arming the Syrian anti-government forces.
After WWII and the Napoleonic era, I think few countries have any great desire to invade Russia these days.
“Kiev neo-Nazi regime....”
Have you considered the possibility that you’ve been duped by Russian propaganda?
An American ground war in the Crimea would be like a Soviet invasion of Florida. Long supply lines, low probability of success.
I like the way they use the word ‘plurality’ to describe the public’s less than 50% approval of Obama’s handling of the crisis.
When Bush was president, overall 48% approval was called what it is - a minority.
What do they mean EVEN in the GOP?
You’d have to be insane or stupid to WANT to get involved in a war in Ukraine or the Crimea.
Are there any others, like me, who are suspicious that Obama and Putin are really working together and that Obama’s objections are purely theatre???
Pretty much everything he has done in that region and the middle East has been to the benefit of the Russians, from taking down the missile shield to abandoning Iraq and Afghanistan, to the toothless bluster in Syria and encoraging (and probably helping) topple Mubarak. Now, the Palistenians, Zer0 thinks, do not have to recognize Israel’s right to exist. All of that plays into the hands of the Russians.
Just curious, but I think his “flexibility after the election” is showing. . . .
I don’t even see any point in sanctions after realizing that 10s of thousands of waivers are routinely granted to the politically connected companies.
There are no ‘good guys’ in this situation.....................
why do they poll that way? Because there is ZERO confidence in THIS Commander and (choke) Chief to do it right . He will blunder and blather and get some of our folks killed and then distance himself from the entire matter and blame someone else for the failure .
Maybe it will take something HUGE , like that , for us to finally get rid of him without having to wait another 3 years . At what point does Congress go forward with impeachment ?
( answer : Dec. 2014 )
What does that mean “even in the GOP?” The Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War were all started by DEMOCRATS!! Look it up.
Glad I'm not the only person on FR who sees this stuff for what it is.
At least wait til Summer
I’ve seen some mention of Ukrainian antisemitism in the Israeli media mostly in the months leading up to the current situation.
He would have absolutely no interest in winning, would set outrageous ROEs, and would sacrifice everything just so he could look good, or try to look good. Perhaps ANOTHER Nobel Prize?
A lose/lose situation.
I pray to God that we can turn out enough people the next time to win an election and cover the voter fraud. AND close the Republican primaries so that only Republicans can vote in them.
And at least provide winter clothing in case all does not go according to plan!