Poll: Troops oppose Syria strike by 3-1 margin

Three-quarters of U.S. troops oppose military strikes in Syria, according to a new poll.

The Military Times polled more than 800 active-duty troops this week, finding 75 percent of respondents were opposed and just 21 percent were in favor of launching strikes.

The Times said the survey was an unscientific “sampling of Military Times readers and reflects the views of many career enlisted members and officers.”

Nevertheless, the poll shows that service members are expressing the same concerns as the general public about military action in Syria, as polls have consistently shown public opposition since President Obama said he wanted to launch strikes in Syria.

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The survey found 80 percent did not believe getting involved in the Syrian civil war was in the U.S. national security interest.

In addition, respondents cited money issues and questioned the strategic logic of attacking Syria.

“We don’t have money for anything else but we have a couple hundred million dollars to lob some Tomahawks and mount an expensive campaign in Syria?” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Chris Larue, a 39-year-old maintenance expert at Fort Eustis, Va. 

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