Monday on MSNBC “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews asked the Huffington Post’s editorial director Howard Fineman why the American people seem ahead of President Barack Obama on realizing we will have to fight a ground war to destroy ISIS. Fineman said Obama has underestimated the American people, who are sophisticated and knowledgeable.
Fineman said, “Don’t forget the American people have now been living in this new world since 9/11. It’s 13 years. It’s a long time, and I think the American people are more sophisticated and knowledgeable about a lot of this than perhaps the president credits them. I don’t think the American people are excited, to be sure. it’s more that they’re resigned. they know that this is a condition, this is almost like a disease that inhabits the world that we’re going to have to constantly fight with some form of radiation or medication, of which ground troops may be part. And I think they’re quite realistic, if unhappy about it, overall. There’s a huge partisan split, but overall, the American people are probably gritting their teeth and saying we can’t afford to have these people sake over that region.”
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