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Here’s Why Most Americans Oppose Military Action Against Putin

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There were more than a few experts who, before the invasion in Ukraine began, believed that Putin wouldn’t have dared to attack Ukraine. As many predicted, so far, the invasion has cost the Russian tyrant quite a bit. Putin is having more and more problems in the economic, diplomatic and social fields. But despite these facts, he presses on. His behavior in the last few weeks reveals a man who is obsessed with making a mark in history. 

For now, world leaders prefer to make it clear that he has an open door for negotiations, trying to prevent him from feeling defeated and attempting a bloody retreat forward. The West has increased sanctions, communications and started providing Ukraine with weapons, but the reality is that it remains a spectator, fearful of completely enraging a Putin who is already threatening with nuclear weapons. 

That decision appears to be supported by the American people, according to a Pew Research Center poll, a majority of Americans (62%) say they would oppose the United States taking military action. While a majority of Americans favor imposing sanctions, taking in refugees, and keeping the military in NATO countries that are close to Ukraine, they do not want to go to direct conflict.

Wars are always cruel, the images coming from Ukraine are absolutely moving, the world sympathizes and admires the Ukrainians, but most Americans do not want to send their men to fight a conflict that is not theirs and that could leave thousands of dead, endanger American citizens and result in a scenario like Afghanistan, where the US had to withdraw and the enemy took control again.

Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editor-in-chief of El American. Economist. Podcaster. Political and economic analysis of America. Colombian exile in the United States // Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editora en jefe de El American. Economista. Podcaster. Análisis político y económico de América. Colombiana exiliada en EE. UU.

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