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Broad public opposition to Syrian strike includes US soldiers on social media


image“I didn’t join the Navy to fight for Al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war!” reads the placard covering the face of a US sailor decked out in full military regalia.

As leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached an agreement yesterday on a draft authorization for the use of military force in Syria, numerous photos are making the rounds on social media depicting soldiers protesting an impending invasion of Syria.

The photos are evidence of the broad popular opposition to a strike on Syria. The American public is against a strike by 48 to 29 percent, according to Pew’s latest poll.  At yesterday’s Senate hearing, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul reported that nobody he saw in 40 cities during his August break was for attacking Syria.

I haven’t had one person come up to me and say they’re for this war, not one person. We get calls by the thousands. Nobody’s calling in favor of this war. I didn’t meet one when I was home all month. I went to 40 cities. I didn’t have one person come up and say — do they all agree it’s a horrendous thing? Yes, we all agree that chemical attacks are a horrendous thing. But people are not excited about getting involved, and they also don’t think it’s going to work.

And then there are troops on social media. From Australia’s Business Insider: Some US Troops Appear To Be Posting Photos In Protest Of Syrian Intervention

Photos of service members have apparently popped up on Reddit, seemingly in protest of Syrian intervention. (Since they are not identified, it’s impossible to verify they are indeed serving in the military.)

The basic argument is that the line between moderate rebel factions and al Qaeda-affiliated ones are somewhat murky in the two-year-old civil war, so the U.S. should stay away from intervening on the rebel side (even in response to a large-scale chemical weapons attack).


It’s also worth noting that, while some military members may agree with the message of the photos, many don’t agree with using the uniform to bolster the argument.

More photos here.

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15 Responses

  1. Dan Crowther
    Dan Crowther on September 4, 2013, 10:27 am

    I hate doing this, but if you’re enlisted in the Navy, you’re a “sailor” not a “soldier.”


    Semper Fidelis,


    • HarryLaw
      HarryLaw on September 4, 2013, 10:57 am

      “Your an orrible little man Crowther, what are you? An orrible little man sir, EYES FRONT. Seriously Dan is the member of the armed forces pictured Navy or Marine, careful with your answer.

      • Dan Crowther
        Dan Crowther on September 4, 2013, 11:47 am

        Harry – he seems to be a Petty Officer First Class – Navy.

    • annie
      annie on September 4, 2013, 11:03 am

      thank you dan, fixed.

  2. Les
    Les on September 4, 2013, 10:38 am

    The picture says it all, which will be the subject heading when I share this.

  3. American
    American on September 4, 2013, 10:57 am

    I read that the cost of each missile the US would fire at Syria is 1.5 million.
    How anyone can look at the US financial situtation—the sequester, the cuts to US domestic programs, the cuts to the US military which also affects the benefits of the rank and file troops, the increased aid to Israel despite our budget straits, the continuing aid to Egypt and others, the US 2012 52 Billion spent on ‘Security’ Agencies and industries to protect us from terriers, and now yet another costly involvement that looks like a prelude to Iran–and not see that US leadership is totally removed from reality is beyond me.
    Yea the public thinks the US is too rich, has too many resources, to ever collapse like Russia did. And the politicans think they can always squeeze the population for more spending money for their wars and meddling, and rob more domestic funds.
    The only thing the US has ‘degraded’ with it’s ‘master of the universe act’ is the US and it’s people.

    • seafoid
      seafoid on September 4, 2013, 11:12 am

      All the money borrowed from China
      who sits on the sidelines
      and watches the Zionist snake
      make the US move to its bidding

    • Chu
      Chu on September 4, 2013, 11:58 am

      Imagine how many investment firms get this insider information about more weapons contracts. All of the panic of 9-11 was a boon for big firms. Goldman Sachs and others have insiders everywhere in Washington. It seems like we’re headed toward a new great depression and Feudalism often emerges after the decline of an empire. We can thank our elected leaders for all playing part of the duping operation when the american public gets handed the shitcan.

  4. American
    American on September 4, 2013, 11:03 am

    BTW, if anyone wants to keep up with which way congress members are voting or ‘leaning’ towards voting on Syria Think Progress has a spread sheet on them that is updated as their statements on their position are made.

    • ritzl
      ritzl on September 4, 2013, 9:07 pm

      Trending toward “lean against” since about 1500 CST. That could change in a heartbeat pending some “deal.” But in the relatively unmanipulated current sense, that’s a good reflection of popular sentiment.

      Also, it’s curious that my AL Reps, the Rs are against or leaning against, while the D is leaning for. Also Bill Young (FL), Chairman of House Appropriations Committee – Defense (HAC-D) is is leaning against. That’s significant, imo, leadership/money and all that, but it too could change immediately.

      Thanks. Great info.

      • Erasmus
        Erasmus on September 4, 2013, 10:11 pm

        CHANCE of Lifetime

        Will the Reps make use of their CHANCE ?

        – to bring the Syria War Resolution down and
        – to make the POTUS a lame duck.

        Never had so much “sympathies” for the GOP…..

      • ritzl
        ritzl on September 7, 2013, 1:21 pm

        @Erasmus Heh. World gone wild… It does go to the larger political point that if common cause can be found on this issue, then it may reduce the barriers to finding it on other issues. One can only hope that a whole bunch of little cartoon lightbulbs start winking on with this interaction.

  5. Chu
    Chu on September 4, 2013, 12:13 pm
    Obama video, sounds as stupid as GWB, even has the grin to match.
    Why he said nothing about Israel’s white phosphorus use when he
    first came to office one question a reporter needs to ask the US president.

  6. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby on September 4, 2013, 2:39 pm

    World is brainwashed, anyone should see through the lies by Obama but they are not instead they believe him!

  7. wondering jew
    wondering jew on September 5, 2013, 4:37 am

    “protesting an imminent invasion of Syria”. Usually an invasion implies occupation and or boots on the ground. This may happen, but it is not imminent. What is imminent is an attack. Why say “invasion” instead of “attack”? Propaganda rather than truth telling. Once you start down that slippery slope all distinction between words disappears, because precision in wording requires a desire for truth and propaganda is only peripherally interested in truth, thus words are chosen for their effect and truth, well not be damned, but certainly step aside.

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