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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On 9/11: Still Massive Ignorance in U.S. on Iraq Link

I make this claim every so often but old colleague David Corn updated it last year.  These numbers, from a year ago,  haven't changed much over the years and I doubt they've changed since (over the years fewer believe Iraq was directly involved with 9/11 but half still think they were in league with bin Laden).  Who is to blame?
This week, the University of Maryland released a 9/11 poll showing that many Americans remain ignorant about the link between 9/11 and the war Bush and Dick Cheney launched in Iraq. Nearly half of the respondents noted that Iraq was "directly involved" in the 9/11 assaults (15 percent) or gave "substantial support" to Al Qaeda without participating in those attacks (31 percent.). Neither is true. Iraq, as the 9/11 Commission reported, had not been in league with Al Qaeda. It had not provided "substantial" assistance—or any aid of note, for that matter—to Osama bin Laden and his mass-murderers.
The same poll also found that about half of Americans (47 percent) believe that prior to the Iraq war, the regime possessed actual weapons of mass destruction or had a major WMD program under way. Again, not true.

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