The release of the new National Intelligence Estimate this week put a damper on the plans of those conservatives who have been urging military action against Iran. The NIE found that Iran had stopped work on a suspected nuclear weapons program over four years ago and is still a decade away from being able to adapt their current nuclear energy program for military purposes.
The American public has maintained a strongly antiwar stance when it comes to Iran in recent months, and this new information will likely only strengthen this sentiment, despite the Bush administration’s saber-rattling. Gallup found in an early November poll, for example, that the public, by 73 percent to 18 percent, prefers economic and diplomatic efforts over military action against Iran.
A mid-October CNN poll echoed this sentiment, with 68 percent of the public flatly stating that it would oppose military action against
The public, still in the midst of the