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In my offices, we have had calls and emails from almost 1,000 people opposed to us going to war in Syria and only 25 in favor. The totals in most members’ offices from all sections of the country have been very similar.

After the president’s speech last night, it now appears that the Congress may not vote on Syria at this time.

If not, this would be a tremendous victory for the American people, who are overwhelmingly opposed to U.S. involvement in another Middle East civil war.

The people do not want this nation to be in a condition of permanent war, and especially not when it is being undertaken so that our president and all of his top officials can be regarded as tough, decisive world statesmen.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the last high-ranking military officer to become president, and he resisted pressures to get involved in several regional conflicts around the world.

In a new book entitled “Ike’s Bluff,” Eisenhower is quoted telling Gen. Andrew Goodpaster, his staff secretary, “God help the nation when it has a president who doesn’t know as much about the military as I do.”

Sometimes it takes more courage to stay out of a war than to get into one.

It is long past the time when we need to be the policemen of the world and to start taking care of our own country and our own people.

Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee.