Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Checks email again. Sneaks into Blogger and looks around. No sign of Roger. No sign of the other guest bloggers. And then...

The Power of Misinformation: Increasing Number Believe Iraq Had WMD's:

I'm revisiting this article because it shows that, for most of America, the Bush-league Administration's apparent campaign of misinformation is working all too well.

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. [emphasis mine]

Just so we are all on the same page - all the chemical weapons found in Iraq have been old and degraded ordinance. The looming threats of mass destruction described by Bush-league Administration officials in 2002 and 2003 simply did not and do not exist.

Now, it would be good if we found ways to let everybody else know!

Thanks again, Roger!

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