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June 30, 2009

U.S. POSITION ON IRAN ENJOYS SUPPORT.... In recent weeks, there's been a very aggressive push on the part of some high-profile Republicans, most notably leading neoconservatives, to condemn President Obama's policy on Iran. What seemed like a common-sense approach, endorsed by a variety of experts from both sides of the aisle, somehow became the latest "controversy" ginned up by the right.

Fortunately, the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll suggests the neocons aren't persuading the American mainstream.

A new national poll suggests that that nearly three out of four Americans don't want the U.S. directly intervene in the election crisis in Iran even though most Americans are upset by how the Iranian government has dealt with protests over controversial election results. [...]

Most Americans approve of how President Obama's handled the situation. And 74 percent think the U.S. government should not directly intervene in the post-election crisis, with one out of four feeling that Washington should openly support the demonstrators who are protesting the election results.

In all, 61% approve the way Obama has responded to the events in Iran. (The same poll, by the way, also showed the president's overall approval rating at 61%.) What's more, much to the consternation of the staff at the Weekly Standard, 82% of Americans do not support military action against Iran.

For all the bloviating from McCain, Graham, Krauthammer, et al, they've largely only impressed those who already agree with them.

Steve Benen 8:00 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (10)

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"For all the bloviating from McCain, Graham, Krauthammer, et al, they've largely only impressed those who already agree with them."

They already know this. They have since McAce was blown out of the air in the last election. Their meal ticket is who thry are bloviating to and will continue to do so for the air time, to amuse the lemmings, the rancid MSM, and most of all to hear themselves.least of all to pamper their narcissist mirror gazing egos. Nauseating...

Posted by: stevio on June 30, 2009 at 8:06 AM | PERMALINK

McCain, Kristol and the other neocon morons seem to think that all the U.S. has to do is drop a few bombs on Iran and their leader will suddenly fall in line, declaring:

"Yes, we now see the error of our ways. We will move forward from here and join the community of developed nations by embracing Walmart, country-western music and Jeffersonian Democracy.

"We thank the United States for taking the firm hand that we needed to guide us from our wayward path and we're sorry that it took so long for us to see how wrong we were."

Even the American people, ignorant as they are about the rest of the world, aren't buying the neocon's crap anymore.


Posted by: SteveT on June 30, 2009 at 8:15 AM | PERMALINK

The NWO was better when HUlk Hogan was in it....

Posted by: johnnymags on June 30, 2009 at 8:16 AM | PERMALINK

I for one, don't think a liberal CNN poll accurately reflects the true position of Americans. Have you seen the box office numbers for Transformers? Surely, if CNN had taken the time to poll patriots from thereal America, more support for wars would be evident.

Posted by: dick cheney on June 30, 2009 at 8:16 AM | PERMALINK

Harry Truman didn't need any damn CNN poll in '45.

"Bloviating" Krauthammer - Oh, you mean when he was writing speeches for Carter and Mondale?

Why, I could take my 12 gauge "duck hunting" into Iran and solve the problem in minutes.

Posted by: The Real Dick C on June 30, 2009 at 8:28 AM | PERMALINK

There's actually no real evidence of fraud in the Iran elections. Each claim has been analyzed and dismissed by IranAffairs.com

THINK: Was Mousavi really such a threat that the regime had to organize a massive election fraud to keep him out of office? No, sorry, he's actually more of a regime insider than Ahmadinejad.

Posted by: hass on June 30, 2009 at 9:01 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, and BigTomPendergast.com has just announced all elections in Kansas City in days of yore were validated.

Posted by: berttheclock on June 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

Can it be that the right wing practice of endlessly repeating lies, ad hominem attacks, and straw man arguments to try to frame events in their favor has lost its efficacy?

Posted by: Winknandanod on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK
There's actually no real evidence of fraud in the Iran elections.

Actually, there is considerable evidence that there was, in fact, fraud. What there is no real evidence for at this time is whether or not that fraud was sufficient to have changed the results of the election. Absent a real audit, which the Iranian regime will never allow, we'll never know.

Posted by: PaulB on June 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

PaulB if you think there's "considerable evidence" then post it. IranAffairs.com has provided a point-by-point compilation of the claims of election fraud in Iran, and none stand up to scrutiny.

Posted by: hass on June 30, 2009 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK
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