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Half of U.S. Says Iraq Had WMD’s

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Posted on Jul 26, 2006
Ignorance is Strength
From stampandshout.com

According to a new Harris poll, about 50% of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. This is up (up!) from 36% last year.

We stopped gagging on our corn flakes over reports like this one a long time ago. After all, over half the country doesn’t believe in evolution, either.

We can only hope, perhaps naively, that such a moment represents a low-water mark ... that (with apologies to Fitzgerald) we are face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate with our capacity for ignorance.


Washington Times:

Half of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded the country in 2003—up from 36 percent last year, a Harris poll finds. Pollsters deemed the increase both “substantial” and “surprising” in light of persistent press reports to the contrary in recent years.

The survey did not speculate on what caused the shift in opinion, which supports President Bush’s original rationale for going to war. Respondents were questioned in early July after the release of a Defense Department intelligence report that revealed coalition forces recovered 500 aging chemical weapons containing mustard or sarin gas nerve agents in Iraq.

“Filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist,” said Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, during a June 21 press conference detailing the newly declassified information.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, who shared the podium, said, “Iraq was not a WMD-free zone.”

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By Vietnam Vet, July 31, 2006 at 9:47 am Link to this comment
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Comment #15896 by bball on 7/30 at 9:12 pm

People believe Saddam had WMD’s because…....
he had WMD’s. Read the stories about the chem and bio weapons that were found. 
I know you high fallooting elitist snots think you are smarter and better than everyone else but you are utter ignoramuses blinded by partisanship and BDS. Get a life and look at facts instead of viewing news as a means of how to smear a sitting president during a time of war.  You people are disgusting liars.

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Friend, you need to educate yourself!

1. The DOD has said that those old shells dated back from the Iran-Iraq war and far too old to have been in the class of a WMD.
2. The weapons experts that were inspecting there have said the same.
3. A number of other experts in that field have said the same.
4. The amount of other information provided, available on the net, to debunk that point would fill a fair sized book.
5. If those WERE those WMDs, Bush and his ilk would be out there proclaiming it to the high heavens. Not a word from them!

People do not need to “smear a sitting President,” he does that himself quite nicely.

Time of war? Or did you mean time of invasion? I do not recall congress declaring war. Do you?

Finally, you should always remember this: ad hominem attaacks on others is a first and sure sign of a shallow mind in need of improvement. I recommend you do something about that problem, rather than harping on nonexistent WMDs. Your future could depend on it!

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By bball, July 30, 2006 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment
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People believe Saddam had WMD’s because…....
he had WMD’s.
Read the stories about the chem and bio weapons that were found. 
I know you high fallooting elitist snots think you are smarter and better than everyone else but you are utter ignoramuses blinded by partisanship and BDS.
Get a life and look at facts instead of viewing news as a means of how to smear a sitting president during a time of war.  You people are disgusting liars.

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By Chaseme, July 27, 2006 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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I’m sorry for copying my comment from another report, but it seems to apply to this report as well.

There are some things we have to understand; religion does apply to them, only to the masses. This is why we are finding the long list of money launders, liars and cheaters. This is why the word “shit” could flow so easily from Bush’s mouth.

Religion controls, as it seems every aspect of our being. And, if you can control religion, you certainly have a stronghold on all who believe. Then again, all we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world; our sight, our touch, our memory. If they fail us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end.

Therefore, when we see shit, we must deviate from it. When we smell shit, we should know before long a deviation is necessary. If we hear someone shitting, we have to alter our path; we must deviate. If we don’t have the senses of the fore mentioned three, and we have to touch shit, the consistency should tell us to deviate. Lastly, if we are unfortunate to have to taste shit, memory should certainly tell us to deviate.

Considering all of the “shit” we got from the Nixon and Regan administrations, why aren’t we using our senses with this one?

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By Vietnam Vet, July 27, 2006 at 8:04 am Link to this comment
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The only surprising thing is the 50% figure. I have not seen the questions asked in the poll, but my gut tells me there is something wrong there when over 60% of the public now agrees the war is wrong and the nation is heading in the wrong direction. But, then again, there are those out there that believe comets seen approaching our world, that will never hit us of course, are actually vehicles coming to take them to paradise. Despite the absurdity of the belief, there are those that are willing to die in an effort to prove their belief true, no matter how much objective information to the contrary is presented. The problem is probably due to folks watching too much Fox news, backed up by other crap such as the American Idol. They just don’t care enough to ferret out the facts from the fiction!

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By Liz, July 27, 2006 at 7:26 am Link to this comment
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Exactly! Iraq is the 3rd world country IMO. Why are we wasting time on this nonsense thinking they do have WMD’s. WE should have left the middle east alone and focused on our own problems. Bush is just fighting his families war. I am sick of it. Gas prices are gouging my wallet, My dad is suffereing cuts to his medicare and social security, and to top it all off the nation and the world is going insane becuase bush wants to play war games same as his dad. Like father, like son.

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By Miguel, July 27, 2006 at 4:59 am Link to this comment
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I’m an American. I do not live in America, but in Europe, since 1991. For a long time I always felt Americans, in general, were as intelligent, if not more so, than people in the rest of the world, including Europe.
I guess the fact more people today believe there were WMD in Iraq, as compared to last year, only proves, at least to me, that most Americans are not only ignorant, but also truly stupid. I use to be one amongst these ignorant Americans. I guess I’ve managed to learned much during my life outside the USA to be able to say that I have climbed out of the slime of American stupidity and refusal to learn anything about the rest of the world.
And, for those of you wishing to condemn my comment, don’t bother. I don’t care what you think. I only care about what I think about you.

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By Pragmatique, July 26, 2006 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment
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Man’s capacity for self-delusion has no limits.

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