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Poll Results: Country Split on Obama's Iraq Policy

Our poll on how President Obama is handling the situation in Iraq garnered a passionate response from readers. What was the final poll result? Find out!

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Do you agree with how President Obama is handling Iraq?

We put the question to Patch readers last week and the results were fairly predictable. More than 9,000 votes were cast and the country was divided down the middle.

Half of respondents said Obama was handling Iraq correctly and that part of the problems we face today were created by past military action. But, about half the voters thought that Obama was allowing Iraq to unravel and needed to take more aggressive military action to get things under control.

Click here for the poll results.

The issue also generate a fair amount of passion amongst Patch readers garnering more than 1,350 comments.

User JMarsh wrote: "No. The religious conflicts in Iraq date back centuries. I feel we never should have gone there in the first place. Too bad those who made the decision to do so didn't do a little research on the history of the country. If their problems are going to be fixed, THEY need to do it. We can't do it for them. I totally agree with all those who have commented about the need to take care of our own people and our veterans before trying to fix the mess over there."

User conrad zimmerman wrote: No more American troops in Iraq. Nothing was accomplished before; nothing will be accomplished this time. Our resources are better spent gaining energy independence which of itself will render Iraq irrelevant. President Obama was right in withdrawing American forces. Now he is sending them back. It is wrong.

User Genvieve LaChappele wrote: I feel bad for our military. The Commander-in-Chief has no management skills and is completely detached from the situation. The good men and women in our military are paying quite a price. A price that is not valued in dollars and cents. We elected a President that has no record of any type of executive experience. Lives have been lost because of it. Pointing fingers does not account for what has happened on his watch. Tough decisions need to be made by a leader. A real leader.

You can check out the entire discussion on what the U.S. should do, if anything, about Iraq here.
Joker Joe June 27, 2014 at 02:26 PM
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Friday, Obama was confronted with the unpopularity of his approach to foreign affairs and the growing threat posed by ISIS militants. The ABC host noted that even Obama’s own former ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, has suggested that ISIS represents a greater threat to the United States than Osama bin-Laden’s al-Qaeda. When asked if these al-Qaeda affiliated militants are growing in strength, the president conceded that a central plank of his 2012 reelection campaign – that the terrorist network was “on the run” and “decimated” – was no longer true.
Joker Joe June 27, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Hillary Clinton is facing a backlash over her paid speeches, with students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas calling on her to reject $225,000 the school is paying for her appearance in the fall and Republicans saying her lucrative engagements demonstrate that she is out of touch with everyday voters.
JP June 27, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Every time something happens in the middle east, why should our country have to bail them out. Seems like an excuse to blow money and raise gas prices.
David Montgomery June 27, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings.
Brent Seeger June 27, 2014 at 04:09 PM
There is only one split in this country. That split is over who is the bigger commie Obama or Pelosi.

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