USA Today, 17 de Março de 2003:
"It's a new era for foreign policy," says William Kristol, a leading Republican who helped develop the strategy while the party was out of power during the Clinton administration. "Iraq has implications beyond Iraq and in a sense is about more than Iraq. It reflects a broader worldview. How it goes — whether it goes well or not — will very much affect people's judgments about what to do in the future" in the world. (...) If war with Iraq succeeds as envisioned, Kristol says, the United States will be in a position to pursue a more confrontational policy toward rogue regimes and move to "remake" the Middle East.
And if it doesn't go well? "Then everything is up in the air."
Estados Unidos, CBS News/NYT Poll, 8 Maio de 2006, Telefónica, N=1241.
"Looking back, do you think the United States did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq, or should the U.S. have stayed out?"
Did the right thing: 39% (Fevereiro: 41%)
Should have stayed out: 56% (Fevereiro: 54%)
Unsure: 5% (Fevereiro: 5%)
"Which comes closer to your opinion—Iran is a threat to the United States that requires military action now, Iran is a threat that can be contained with diplomacy now, or Iran is not a threat to the United States at this time?"
Threat requiring action now: 11% (Fevereiro: 20%)
Threat that can be contained: 58% (Fevereiro: 55%)
Not a threat at this time: 22% (Fevereiro: 19%)
Not sure: 8% (Fevereiro: 6%)