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Half of U.S. Still Believes Iraq Had WMD

The Associated Press
By CHARLES J. HANLEY


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.

"I'm flabbergasted," said Michael Massing, a media critic whose writings dissected the largely unquestioning U.S. news reporting on the Bush administration's shaky WMD claims in 2002-03.

"This finding just has to cause despair among those of us who hope for an informed public able to draw reasonable conclusions based on evidence," Massing said.

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It's all political. If this weren't an election year the results would probably be different.

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Few reasons why this is:
  1. Too nany right wings talk radio shows
  2. Too many right wing blogs, funtioning as echo chambers
  3. FOXNEWS high ratings mean not enough critical thinking in TV audiences
  4. Finally, fomer Nixon admin counsel, John Dean's new book, Conservatives Without Conscience, is the definitve explanation for this.

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In addition to that, more than half of the soldiers stationed in Iraq believe it.
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Sadaam was a weapon of mass destruction, no? But seeing as how the different factions of muslims in Iraq...that religion of peace that it is ...perhaps he should be reinstalled. Or we could just pull out and let them all kill each other...which is perfectly okay with me. ALLAH AKBHAR indeed!

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Sadaam was a weapon of mass destruction, no? But seeing as how the different factions of muslims in Iraq...that religion of peace that it is ...perhaps he should be reinstalled. Or we could just pull out and let them all kill each other...which is perfectly okay with me. ALLAH AKBHAR indeed!
Not Saddam, but the WMD Collin Powel went to the UN to make the case for.
The WMD Dick Cheney keeps insisting "we know where they are".
Finally, the WMD that, Donald Rumsfeld, when questioned about the existence, quipped, as he only can do . "The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence".
In other words, just because there was no evidence of WMD found does not mean there are no WMD.
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In addition to that, more than half of the soldiers stationed in Iraq believe it.
I certainly hope so. This would show how motivated they are facing the enemy. As Howard Dean would say, 'yeaaaaaah'
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Sadaam was a weapon of mass destruction, no? But seeing as how the different factions of muslims in Iraq...that religion of peace that it is ...perhaps he should be reinstalled. Or we could just pull out and let them all kill each other...which is perfectly okay with me. ALLAH AKBHAR indeed!
but you're an idiot just like Bush who believes anything that comes out of his ass.

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but you're an idiot just like Bush who believes anything that comes out of his ass.
Well at least he is not insane enough to have over 100'000 posts? How did you manage to do that?

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Tapes off!! I smell vote grabbing.

Majority of Americans are brilliant people....it's the small money-vaginas that bother me.

Accountability is a bitch ain't it?

As someone posted before, yes the media has sent alot of Americans into a scare frenzy over the past 10 years.

Thanks to Michael Moore...we all remember those killer "Africanised Bees" that were going to blanket America.

Iraq has nothing more than a piss-fire weapon that might excite a few 8 year olds around a camp fire. I just wish a few of the Americans on this board would run for Presidency, I'd feel safer!

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Not Saddam, but the WMD Collin Powel went to the UN to make the case for.
The WMD Dick Cheney keeps insisting "we know where they are".
Finally, the WMD that, Donald Rumsfeld, when questioned about the existence, quipped, as he only can do . "The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence".
In other words, just because there was no evidence of WMD found does not mean there are no WMD.
How philosophical of Rummy.

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Well at least he is not insane enough to have over 100'000 posts? How did you manage to do that?

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