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

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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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