President Obama’s decision to step up military aid to the rebels in Syria is in dramatic opposition to the will of the electorate. According to Pew Research poll, regular Americans overwhelmingly don’t want the United States to arm the rebels. Only 20 percent support this action, while 70 percent oppose it. Opposing to arming the rebel is strong across party lines. From Pew:

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After two decades of expensive wars in the Middle East the American people have no stomach for military adventures, intervention or wasting money on proxy wars.

The clamor to do something about Syria in an entirely Beltway-driven phenomenon with no popular resonance in the rest of the country. The American people are paying relatively little attention to this conflict and want their government to stay out of it.