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Dec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By LEE SMITH
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Another survey completed after Geneva also appears to signal approval of the deal. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, 44 percent favor the agreement while only 22 percent oppose it. And yet the more significant responses concern what to do if the interim deal fails. In that case, 49 percent say more sanctions should be imposed, 20 percent believe the White House should take military action, with only 31 percent saying they prefer more diplomacy. These findings do not, as Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said, speak “to war fatigue, where the American appetite for intervention—anywhere—is extremely low.” Rather, it shows that two-thirds of the U.S. public is deeply skeptical that more jaw-jaw with the regime in Tehran is likely to lead to a permanent agreement to curb its nuclear weapons program.

Virtually every poll on the Iran issue, from Pew surveys dating back to 2009 up to a Washington Post/ABC poll post-Geneva, gives clear evidence that Americans want a negotiated settlement. But they show just as plainly that a majority of the American public does not believe the Iranian regime is negotiating in good faith. According to the Masdar/Tower poll, 77 percent of all respondents distrust the mullahs who, according to 69 percent, constitute a greater threat to U.S. national security than all other threats in the Middle East combined.

In other words, the American public prioritizes its strategic concerns. They believe—rightly in our view—that the regime in Tehran is hostile to America. The public doesn’t trust it to bargain in good faith and doesn’t believe it will stop in its march toward a nuclear bomb. Yes, Americans are weary—of a president who takes a cavalier attitude toward national security.

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