According to the latest poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos, 41% of Americans believe Iran to be an “imminent threat”.
The poll was conducted after the killing of Soleimani and before the Iranian missile strikes and represents a 16 point increase since the question was last posed in May of 2019 (24%).
‘Furthermore, a majority of Americans think that it is very or somewhat likely America will be at war with Iran in the next few years (71%) – a nearly 20 point increase since May (52%). With regards to specific policy responses, a plurality (41%) say that the US should not conduct a pre-emptive attack on Iranian military interests. However, if Iran were to attack US forces first, Americans are split on if the American response should be limited to airstrikes on Iran military targets (34%) or should be a full response with airstrikes and a ground troop invasion (37%). Only 8% support a purely diplomatic response, and 21% say they don’t know. (28.6%).’
Meanwhile, Greece’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement last week following the attacks on US bases in Iraq expressing its ‘serious concern over the escalation of violence in Iraq and condemns the recent attacks against Iraqi bases that host Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces’ and called for ‘composure and sobriety’.
Lastly, the statement concluded by expressing Greece’s ‘full solidarity to Iraq and the United States and supports all efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.’