What percent of Americans support military action against Iran?
How accurate was your prediction?
What is the big story the chart tells about the U.S. and Iran?
Why do you think that is?
What is one consequence of this?
Is this good news?
Explain how political party affiliation impacts views on Military action against Iran.
Explain what percent of you supports military action against Iran.
How much does public opinion usually impact President Trump’s policy decisions?
Do political trustees or delegates rely more on public opinion in formulating policy?
The polling data above comes from the summer of 2019. Since then, Iran appears to have launched strikes against Saudi oil infrastructure leading Secretary of State Pompeo to call this, “an act of war.” How much will These Iranian provocatins impact the likelihood of war?
Who do American’s believe are America’s biggest enemies?*
How do you rank these five enemies on a scale of 1 (the biggest threat of these five) to 5 (least threat)?*
Who would you rank as America’s biggest allies?
Multilateralism is a diplomatic/military approach where allies join to solve problems or fight wars together as opposed to fighting alone. Do you imagine that America will be able to rally our allies behind a war against Iran?
Has POTUS Trump made American alliances stronger or weaker?
President Trump’s “hyperbole and outright fabrications through a daily tweet diet,” said Wendy R. Sherman, who negotiated the details of the Iran deal for the Obama administration (notice her point of view), has left him with “little credibility with Congress, allies and partners, let alone the American people.” Based on what you know about American politics make a claim about the accuracy of Sherman’s statement.
President Trump just named Robert O'Brien as National Security Adviser. Prior to his appointment, O'Brien had been perhaps best known for his efforts to win the release of American rapper A$AP Rocky, who was held in a Swedish jail after being arrested for his involvement in a Stockholm brawl. Explain how the fact that the National Security Advisor does NOT need to be confirmed by the Senate impacts the kind of person picked for this job.
The N.S.A. director serves as a chief national security advisor for the president as a member of the National Security Council. What is the National Security Council?
N.S.A. director O’Brien is a hawk, a term used in politics do describe someone generally favoring war as a strategy to achieve political goals (a dove is someone who generally opposes war). How much will a hawkish approach impact America’s response to Iran?
What role does the U.S. Congress play in making war?
Hey, speaking of taking action: what are you doing for the Global Climate Strike tomorrow?
Read this article about Trump’s ability to persuade our allies.
Political scientists Calculate that it generally takes participation by approximately 3% of Americans in a cause to make a difference in national policy. Contact the White House or your U.S. senator and express your opinion on military intervention in Iran.
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