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Friday, March 01, 2013

Don't tell the US media but 99% of Americans view Iran as a threat

You would never know this from reading, listening to and watching the US media, but 99% of Americans believe Iran is a threat to the United States.
In fact, the latest Gallup poll shows that 99 percent of Americans believe that the development of nuclear weapons by Iran is a “critical” or “important” threat to the vital interests of the United States. Iran ranked as the top threat, followed by North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and international terrorism.

Commendably, UPI covered the story, reporting:
Gallup said the high level of concern Americans give to North Korea, Iran and international terrorism, could suggest these are areas on which the public would like the Obama administration and its new foreign policy team to focus.
However, CAMERA could find no other major national media outlet that felt this story merited coverage. The Chicago Tribune ran an analysis piece that mentioned Americans’ concerns, only to completely discount them as “a totally irrational fear.” Apparently, writer William Pfaff knows more about Iran’s nuclear program than the IAEA and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Or possibly, like 99 percent of Americans, Mr. Ban and IAEA inspectors are “irrational.”
But, how then does one dismiss satellite photographs indicating a newly-operational plutonium enrichment facility protected by “numerous anti-aircraft missile and artillery sites”? Can photographs be kooky? Nutzo, maybe?
Where were these people on election day in the US?

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2 Comments:

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Broomer said...

I read the gallup poll. I don't see the "99%" figure, so how is that extrapolated?

 
At 4:18 AM, Blogger Anthony Rizzo said...

You didn't read it very well, then. The figure isn't an "extrapolation", it is basic addition: The poll says 83% view Iran as a "critical threat" while 16% view it as an "important, but not critical threat". 83% + 16% = 99%

 

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