It never fails. Whenever the warhawks in the US want to gin up support for yet another war against (preferably) yet another Muslim country, we hear the old familiar song: that country’s leader is another Hitler, any US leader who favors diplomacy is another Neville Chamberlain, and any talks between the two is another Munich.
This has been a little hard to do with the recent talks with Iran, though that has not stopped them from trying. It has been hard to paint the current president of Iran as Hitler. Iran has not invaded any neighboring country. Furthermore, president Obama has been a vigorous proponent of using US military force all over the globe. The last resort has been the Munich analogy, suggesting that the limited agreement negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 nations is just the prelude before Iran invades Poland.
But these efforts are not gaining much traction with the US public. A recent poll finds that by a two-to-one margin, Americans approve of the recent talks and deal.
Even if the Iran deal fails, 49 percent want the United States to then increase sanctions and 31 percent think it should launch further diplomacy. But only 20 percent want U.S. military force to be used against Iran.
The survey’s results suggest that a U.S. public weary of war could help bolster Obama’s push to keep Congress from approving new sanctions that would complicate the next round of negotiations for a final agreement with Iran.
“This absolutely speaks to war fatigue, where the American appetite for intervention – anywhere – is extremely low,” Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said. “It could provide some support with Congress for the arguments being made by the administration.”
There are just so many times that one can invoke the absurd comparison to World War II before people tune you out as just another Chicken Little riding your pet hobby horse. The fact that only 20% of Americans want the use of military force even if progress stalls must be disheartening to those who dearly want to bomb Teheran, so we can expect their rhetoric to get even more heated in order to get people to listen to them.
Iranian president Rouhani as the Antichrist maybe?