Nice Headline, There, AP
50% of Americans polled falsely believe in Iraq WMDs
It gets worse
.Did Saddam Hussein's government have weapons of mass destruction in 2003?
Half of America apparently still thinks so, a new poll says, 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 round 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.
Oddly, when the media reported the 9-11 poll last week, they felt little need to inform the public that the 16% who believe it was likely or somewhat likely that the World Trade Center towers had been brought down by controlled demolition were obviously mistaken because millions have been spent on researching the reasons the towers fell, with the conlusion that it was a combination of the impact of the planes and the fires.