US Republican Senator John McCain (center) breifly slips into Syria to meet with leaders of foreign-sponsored militants.
A new poll has again pointed to the opposition of most American to a US military intervention in Syria, amid reports that President Barack Obama is meeting with advisers this week to discuss sending arms to foreign-backed militants in the nation.
The survey released earlier this month by prominent French-based IPSOS global Research Company indicates that 63 percent of American participants in a national poll expressed opposition to US military intervention in Syria.
This is while only 22 percent of the responders favored an American military intrusion in the key Middle Eastern country and 15 percent said “I don’t know” to the question on ‘whether or not the US should militarily intervene in Syria to end the nation’s crisis?’
The telephone survey, involving 1382 adult Americans, was reportedly conducted on May 27-29, 2013 and the results were released on June 3.
The development comes while the US-based Gallup poll recently conducted a similar survey, showing that 68 percent of American responders opposed a US military intervention in Syria and 24 percent favored the move.
The identical results of the both studies appears to indicate that nearly two-thirds of Americans are against any US military role in Syria, reflecting fears of another US foreign war resembling the US-led invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan or something even more complicated.
This is while mediation efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis, culminating in the upcoming Geneva conference, has so far faced a deadlock and based on recent polls, most people are pessimistic about its success.
Obama administration officials have reportedly announced plans to hold White House meetings this week to discuss further aid to foreign-backed insurgents in Syria, including shipping lethal weapons and imposing a no-fly zone over the country.
The officials add that US Secretary of State John Kerry has postponed a planned trip to the Middle East this week in order to take part in the White House meetings on Syria in response to recent victories against the militant gangs by the Syrian Army.
"At the president's direction, his national security team continues to consider all possible options that would accomplish our objectives of helping the Syrian opposition serve the essential needs of the Syrian people and hastening a political transition to a post-Assad Syria," said National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan.
The remarks once again point to persisting US desire to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the only Arab leader in the region who has consistently sided with Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation. The Israeli regime is the key American ally in the region.
The development comes as the anti-Damascus militants have “warned the Obama administration” that without “immediate support,” they may suffer “crippling losses” amid the continuing advances made against the foreign-backed insurgents by the Syrian military, backed by Hezbollah forces from neighboring Lebanon.