President Obama keeps promising that there will be no American boots on the ground in the fight against ISIS. Hardly anyone believes him, according to a new poll.
More than seven in 10 Americans say the United States will end up using its own combat troops against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, despite President Barack Obama’s assertion that U.S. combat troops won’t be on the ground there.
This finding comes from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll, which also shows that Americans are divided over the merits of using U.S. combat troops – 45 percent are in favor of using them if military commanders think they’re the best way to defeat the ISIS army, while 37 percent are opposed.
[A]ccording to the poll, 72 percent of Americans believe the United States will still use its ground troops anyway against ISIS, versus just 20 percent who think it won’t.
I believe that Obama will not insert more Americans on the ground to fight ISIS until and unless he absolutely has to. He has tipped his hand repeatedly, by calling out Yemen and Somalia as counterterrorism successes — the Islamic State is here to stay.