According to a recent Harris Poll done on July 21, roughly half of Americans believe that Iraq had WMDs when the U.S. invaded contrary to all evidence
that shows that their WMDs were destroyed after the 1991 Gulf War.
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.
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.
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In the weeks prior to this survey, there were senators stating that there were, in fact, WMDs in Iraq at the time of the invasion. The WMDs that
they were referring to were rusting carcasses of SCUDs and other missiles in open fields that were not totally destroyed, though they were destroyed
enough that they could not be used again.
Most Americans only read the headline of that story and therefore still believe that there are WMDs still there rather than to read the story to
realize that the senators were just spewing propoganda to the masses who never bother to read beyond the headlines.
Equally guilty are the mainstream press who print such headlines without actually having a story to go with it. This reduces our mainstream press to
a mere propoganda machine and therefore less reliable than the popular grocery stand rumor magazines.
I suspect that this survey would not fare so well if done today, just a few weeks after the WMD propoganda was published. This propoganda & poll may
have been orchistrated as an election year spoof to rally support for those defending our presence in Iraq.
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