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Support for military action against Iran has been endorsed by some mainstream American politicians and some in the media. However support from the American people is low.

Polls

In 2007, some US polls suggested that support for a possible war against Iran by the American people was very low. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll conducted May 4-6, 2007 found that only 33% of Americans supported potential military action in Iran. This was up from 26% in January 2007 who said they would support such a war. 46% of Americans said that Iran was an enemy, compared to 3% who said they were an ally. In a poll conducted by CBS in March 26-27, 2007, 18% of Americans favoured an invasion of Iran at that moment and 54% favoured diplomacy, 18% believed that Iran was not a threat to America. In a NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted March 2-5, 2007, 43% of Americans support the destruction of nuclear weapons production if Iran were producing nuclear weapons. 55% supported war against Iran if it was found that Iran was providing technology for insurgents in Iraq.

In a TNS survey conducted in March 2007 among 17,443 people in 27 European Union member states, a minority of 22% agreed with the statement "We must stop countries like Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, even if that means taking military action". A majority agreed with the statement in 18 member states, while a majority were against in 9 member states.

Support in the media

Norman Podhoretz published the article "The Case for Bombing Iran" ([495528]) in June 2007. Podhoretz, a prominent neoconservative, especially stressed the need to protect Israel's interests.

Support from politicians

Former Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticutmarker stated that he believed an attack against Iran was necessary to prevent the production of nuclear weapons. "I think the only justifiable use of military power would be an attempt to deter the development of their nuclear program if we felt there was no other way to do it" He stopped short of endorsing an all out invasion stating that this attack would be different from Iraq in that only air strikes would be necessary. "I don't think anyone is thinking of this as a massive ground invasion, as in Iraq, to topple the government."

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani stated that the United States and allies would do everything necessary to prevent Iran from going nuclear stating the "absolute assurance that we will - if they get to the point where they are going to become a nuclear power - we will prevent them or we'll set them back five or 10 years. And that is not said as a threat. That should be said as a promise."

Freedom's Watch, an NPO created by Dick Cheney, planned to sponsor a private conservative forum on radical Islam to prove that Iran was a threat to the security of the USA and to gather support for the war against Iran.

Former Massachusetts Governor and 2008 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney had stated his support for military action against the Iranian regime categorizing the possible bombardment of nuclear facilities as a way to prevent Iran from proliferating a nuclear weapon. He stated that he would support a "bombardment of some kind...if severe economic and diplomatic sanctions aren't enough".

In July, 2009, former ambassador of the US to the United Nations John Bolton wrote an article for the Washington Post, in which he said that a military attack against Iran's weapons facilities was the only way to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, and that the logic for an Israeli strike was "nearly inexorable." He also said that a decision to launch a strike should be made soon.

Opposition

References

  1. Support for war against Iran
  2. Sen. Joseph Lieberman: I'd Support Iran Attack
  3. Lines harden over Iran leader's visit to US - The Boston Globe
  4. Van Natta D, New Group Boasts Big War Chest and Rising Voice, The New York Times, September 30, 2007
  5. Romney: 'Bombardment' on the table for Iran - On Politics - USATODAY.com


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