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Unaware citizens

Thanks to Jillian for the link to this article about 50% of Americans thinking we found WMDs in Iraq. The article is a year old but is still a jaw-dropper – a much more powerful example of how little we Americans tend to know about little things like…war.

Do you believe in Iraqi “WMD”? Did Saddam Hussein’s government have weapons of mass destruction in 2003?
Half of America apparently still thinks so, a new poll finds, and experts see a raft of reasons why: a drumbeat of voices from talk radio to die-hard bloggers to the Oval Office, a surprise headline here or there, a rallying around a partisan flag, and a growing need for people, in their own minds, to justify the war in Iraq.
People tend to become “independent of reality” in these circumstances, says opinion analyst Steven Kull.
The reality in this case is that after a 16-month, $900-million-plus investigation, the U.S. weapons hunters known as the Iraq Survey Group declared that Iraq had dismantled its chemical, biological and nuclear arms programs in 1991 under U.N. oversight. That finding in 2004 reaffirmed the work of U.N. inspectors who in 2002-03 found no trace of banned arsenals in Iraq.
Despite this, a Harris Poll released July 21 found that a full 50 percent of U.S. respondents — up from 36 percent last year — said they believe Iraq did have the forbidden arms when U.S. troops invaded in March 2003, an attack whose stated purpose was elimination of supposed WMD. Other polls also have found an enduring American faith in the WMD story.

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posted August 3, 2007 at 9:08 pm

How else can people live with being in Iraq and the trillions of dollars and lives wasted then to deny there was no reason to be there at this time?

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Larry Parker

posted August 3, 2007 at 10:38 pm

The real question is, how many still believe Saddam Hussein caused 9/11?

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Paul of Potomac

posted August 3, 2007 at 11:39 pm

3500 American sons and fathers dead, 25,000 wounded, and according to a recent Lancet article, 650,000+ excess civilian deaths ( all because our President either made a ‘mistake” in deciding there were WMDs or or lied to make the case for a pre-emptive invasion.
Unlike President Johnson who felt the pain and responsiblity of his decisions during the Vietnam War, I am not sure whether our President has these capacities (at least publically, he does not exhibit them). At best, he lives in a world of self-delusion and compartmentalization, at worst, he is willing to sacrifice American and Iraqi lives for his own politial agenda and sense of grandiosity (His flight onto the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln proclaiming “Mission Accomplished” exemplifies such hubris). I have found his and his subordinates shifting rationales for our invasion of Iraq quite disturbing. Once WMDs were not found, a number of other excuses were given to justify the invasion. Why not admit we made a mistake in our assessment, apologize, and then offer official reparations and humaitarian aid, rather than try to create a puppet regime, which given the extreme religious factionalism, will probably be impossible to establish? It may make us appear “weak” to do the right thing; however, we would be “strong” morally. This is the essential truth practiced by Christ, and imitated by among others, Martin Luther King and Ghandhi in their quest for justice through non-violence.
Humility and the capacity to acknowledge misakes, even sin, are important features of the Christian life. Unfortunately, I have not seen it among many of our Christian political leaders, starting from the top down.

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