Since the perspicacious and loquatious Melissa McEwan is uncharacteristically speechless, I'll provide some words of my own in reaction to this:
The Zogby International survey shows 52 percent of Americans would support a strike on Iran . . . .
Just 29 percent of Americans think the US should not attack Iran, with one in five people unsure about military action.
I would love to see the results of a survey asking these basic questions:
1. Please locate Iran on an unlabeled map of the world.
2. Most Iranians are adherents of what sect of what religion?
3. How many of the 9/11 terrorists were Iranian?
4. What language is spoken in Iran?
5. What is the capital of Iran?
I would bet that fewer than 15% of the American people could answer any of those questions correctly. And that is why Bush & Co. have been able to bamboozle the people yet again. Without even the most basic factual knowledge of Iran, "Iran" becomes whatever the President says it is. This tactic got Bush elected twice; he was able to define Al Gore and John Kerry before those men were able to define themselves in the public consciousness. In the Bush administration, pre-emptive definition has become an effective substitute for real debate and discussion.