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Iraq Had WMD. Vast Majority Of Polled Republicans Agree.

How misinformed are Republicans about world affairs? If presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's assertion that Russia is "without question our number one geopolitical foe" is any indication, then the answer would appear to be very.

new poll supports that theory.

The poll, constructed by Dartmouth government professor Benjamin Valentino and conducted by YouGov from April 26 to May 2, found that fully 63 percent of Republican respondents still believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded in 2003. By contrast, 27 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats shared that view.

Jim Lobe
, chief of the Inter Press Service's Washington bureau, reported the finding in his blog on Wednesday.

The Bush administration's insistence that the Iraqi government had weapons of mass destruction and might give them to terrorists was a key selling point in its campaign to take the country to war. It turned out to be untrue.

Debate continues over whether former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and other top officials knew there were no WMD, but intentionally deceived the American people and Congress because they were intent on attacking Iraq for less palatable reasons -- or whether they managed to convince themselves that it was true using cherry-picked intelligence.

There is no reality-based argument that Iraq actually had WMD, after extensive searches found none, but this is hardly the first time many Americans have been certain of something that simply wasn't true.

Washington Post poll in September 2003 found that nearly 70 percent of all Americans were convinced that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- even though he was not.

Bush, Cheney and others consistently linked al Qaeda to Hussein in speeches they gave in the run-up to war, and the media rarely pushed back. But neither Bush nor Cheney continued to claim that there were actual WMDs in Iraq once the searches came up empty -- although they both continued to insist that Saddam had the "capability" to produce them.

Rather than a failure of the media, therefore, this latest poll result seems to indicate a refusal -- unique to the modern Republican Party -- to acknowledge facts.

According to this poll, an even larger proportion of Republican respondents who said Iraq had WMD -- 64 percent -- said they have either always believed (or have come to believe) that Barack Obama was born in another country, which he was not.

Overall, the poll found Republicans to be considerably more militaristic in their worldview than Democrats and independents.

In a finding that would indicate plenty of GOP support for yet another war in the Middle East, nearly two-thirds of Republicans said it's very likely that if Iran produces a nuclear weapon, it would use it against Israel.

Huffington Post

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they did

the fact is, that coalition forces found some old mustard gas buried in Iraq. It was reported in the NY Times, and lightly covered by the msm. I finished a political science degree a couple of years ago and the professor in my research class tried to make the same argument of this posting, i.e. "even though there were no wmd found in Iraq, most brainwashed republicans think there were."

I found the article and brought it to class. It killed his whole argument, because there were wmd (old mustard gas shells) found in Iraq. Granted, they were old and not what the lying neocons used as an excuse to go into Iraq. They were, however, (under almost all defininitions of wmd) wmd.

if someone or some institution wants to portray republicans as being mindwashed sheep (which I also believe many are - as I do most democrats) they should poll them with the following question.

"Besides some old mustard gas shells or nerve gas shells that may or may not have been useable, do you believe Iraq had wmd when the U.S. invaded in 2003."

In the question actually used in the poll, the 63 percent of republicans that answered in the affirmative were correct.

The pollster and the pollster's conclusion are incorrect.

I am in no way, shape, or form, an apologist for the Bush-Cheney cabal, or a proponent of war. I am, however, a proponent of the truth - and the truth is - there were some wmd. I know they were of little significance, but the truley educated know that to be true.

I believe the administration used the ineptitude of George Tenent and the unreliable intelligence to lie and pressure the U.S. into a war that was totally uneccessary with untoward bad consequencess. But they did find some old, delapidated wmd. that's the truth.

I couldn't find the NYTimes article to post here (i think they now charge for archived articles) but here are a few other articles that mention the same facts.



Mind Boggling

The sheer power of our propaganda system is truly a wonder to behold. It allows people to believe what they want to believe, while slowly killing their capacity for critical thinking.

There were four parts to the UN resolution sanctioning Iraq:

1) Nuclear weapons (and their precursors)
2) Chemical weapons (and their precursors)
3) Biological weapons (and their precursors)
4) Delivery Systems (i.e. missiles)

I honestly don't know if Iraq had any WMD beyond the few old chemical artillery shells/rockets that were found.

However, there is solid evidence that Iraq performed missile flight tests where the ground ranges achieved were far in excess of what was allowed under the UN resolutions/sanctions.

I'm not defending the Iraq war (although I probably would have several years ago), but the missile technology development and flight tests were clear violations of the same WMD resolution that everyone quotes.

Our family's journey from the Rocket City to the Redoubt: www.suburbiatosimplicity.com

Establishment republicans need to continue

their delusion in order to maintain justification for war. If they admitted it to themselves about the bogus claim, they'd have to question the integrity of their almighty Bush.

very interesting

Q8: How closely does America's current foreign policy reflect your own preferred foreign policy?

Only 4.3% said 'very closely' whereas almost 40% said 'not at all'


That is interesting.

When injustice becomes law - rebellion becomes duty.


All that poll did

was measure the effectiveness of the propaganda, which is the purpose of most polls.

As for the unfounded assertion that the author makes about Obama's birth in another country, "which he was not" is propaganda itself, since nobody knows the answer to that, as Obama has spent millions to hide the answer from the public.
So, even in the story about propaganda, comes propaganda.

And such is the Huffington Post.
Was anyone surprised?



When injustice becomes law - rebellion becomes duty.