[A] New York Times/CBS News poll showed that though just 1 in 4 Americans believe that the United States has a responsibility to intervene in the Syrian conflict, more than 90 percent of the public is convinced that putting all 535 representatives of the United States Congress on the ground in Syriaâ€”including Senate pro tempore Patrick Leahy, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and, in fact, all current members of the House and Senateâ€”is the best course of action at this time.
â€œI believe it is in the best interest of the United States, and the global community as a whole, to move forward with the deployment of all U.S. congressional leaders to Syria immediately,â€ respondent Carol Abare, 50, said in the nationwide telephone survey, echoing the thoughts of an estimated 9 in 10 Americans who said they â€œstrongly supportâ€ any plan of action that involves putting the U.S. House and Senate on the ground in the war-torn Middle Eastern state. â€œWith violence intensifying every day, now is absolutely the right momentâ€”the perfect moment, reallyâ€”for the United States to send our legislators to the region.â€
â€œIn fact, my preference would have been for Congress to be deployed months ago,â€ she added.
Citing overwhelming support from the international communityâ€”including that of the Arab League, Turkey, and France, as well as Great Britain, Iraq, Iran, Russia, Japan, Mexico, China, and Canada, all of whom are reported to be unilaterally in favor of sending the U.S. Congress to Syriaâ€”the majority of survey respondents said they believe the United States should refocus its entire approach to Syriaâ€™s civil war on the ground deployment of U.S. senators and representatives, regardless of whether the Assad regime used chemical weapons or not.
In fact, 91 percent of those surveyed agreed that the active use of sarin gas attacks by the Syrian government would, if anything, only increase poll respondentsâ€™ desire to send Congress to Syria.
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The Onion, of course, publishes satire, but I tend to suspect that a real life poll would not come out very differently.