Despite persistent disillusionment with the war in Iraq, a majority of Americans supports taking military action against Iran if that country continues to produce material that can be used to develop nuclear weapons, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.

The poll, conducted Sunday through Wednesday, found that 57% of Americans favor military intervention if Iran’s Islamic government pursues a program that could enable it to build nuclear arms. ~The Financial Times

But what worries me is not 57% of a largely ignorant public. Many of these people are following the lead of demagogues on the radio and television who tell them that Iran is dangerous, and they are responding with an inchoate desire for security and using all of the complex, rational thought of a mouse in a maze looking for some cheese. What worries me terribly is the entirety of a shockingly ignorant and foolish political and foreign policy establishment that is virtually unanimous in the conviction that Iran, nuclear or not, is a threat to the United States. In theory, they should know better, or at the very least their consciences should be troubled by foisting such an enormous fraud on the public.

The only debate over the past few months, as with Iraq, has largely been about the means of “disarming” Iran or preventing “proliferation.” There is no question in the minds of an overwhelming majority of those involved in such decisions that the purported proliferation must be stopped and, if necessary, Iran “disarmed,” which is to say bombed and/or invaded. Never mind that there would be no justification for this, whether legal or moral, and that it would be an act of wanton aggression (again).