President Barack Obama is “gravely” worried about the situation in Syria, the White House says, while Secretary of State John Kerry called the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons against civilians a “moral obscenity” that “should shock the conscience of the world.” What’s not yet clear is whether developments in the Mideast will shock the conscience of the American people enough to win their support for military action.


It’s not just that the public appears resistant to intervening in Syria — these days, Americans seem broadly skeptical about the idea of military intervention, period. As the White House weighs its options in Syria, Obama confronts the grim prospect of asking voters to grit their teeth and support yet another military engagement in a far-off Mideast nation, at a moment when the country seems anything but warm to the notion.

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Barack Obama’s Syria challenge: A war-weary public
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