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Americans Now Fear ISIS Sleeper Cells Are Living In The U.S., Overwhelmingly Support Military Action

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Cross-posted from The Intercept

Islamic State militants parade in their Syrian stronghold

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Gallup, 2000: "A new Gallup poll conducted November 13-15, 2000 finds thatnearly seven out of 10 Americans (69%) believe that sending troops to Vietnam was a mistake."

Gallup, 2013: "Ten years have passed since the United States and its allies invaded Iraq, and it appears the majority of Americans consider this a regrettable anniversary. Fifty-three percent of Americans believe their country 'made a mistake sending troops to fight in Iraq' and 42% say it was not a mistake."

Gallup, 2014: "For the first time since the U.S. initially became involved in Afghanistan in 2001, Americans are as likely to say U.S. military involvement there was a mistake as to say it was not."

New York Times, today: "The Obama administration is preparing to carry out a campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria that may take three years to complete, requiring a sustained effort that could last until after President Obama has left office, according to senior administration officials."

CNN, today: "Americans are increasingly concerned that ISIS represents a direct terror threat, fearful that ISIS agents are living in the United States, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll. Most now support military action against the terrorist group."

A few points:

(1) I've long considered this September, 2003 Washington Post poll to be one the most extraordinary facts about the post-9/11 era. It found that -- almost two years after 9/11, and six months after the invasion of Iraq -- "nearly seven in 10 Americans believe it is likely that ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. ... A majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents believe it's likely Saddam was involved."

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[Subscribe to Glenn Greenwald] Glenn Greenwald is a journalist,former constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times bestselling books on politics and law. His most recent book, "No Place to Hide," is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. His forthcoming book, to be published in April, 2021, is about Brazilian history and current politics, with a focus on his experience in reporting a series of expose's in 2019 and 2020 which exposed high-level corruption by powerful officials in the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, which subsequently attempted to prosecute him for that reporting.

Foreign Policy magazine named Greenwald one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. He was the debut winner, along with "Democracy Now's" Amy Goodman, of the Park Center I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2008, and also received the 2010 Online Journalism Award for his investigative work breaking the story of the abusive (more...)
 

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