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angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-29-08 08:31 AM
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It's the polls, stupid!
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I recall all the polls leading up to the war in 2002/2003 and ALL EARLY POLLS indicated Americans felt we NEEDED UN approval AND a large coalition before invading...then SUDDENLY we were in favor of invading Iraq and the French became surrender monkeys?? I think THAT is the larger question...how did our opinions change so drastically over that time?? McClellan's book is telling how that happened.

Some links to Iraq war polls:

CBS, September 24, 2002 52%-follow recommendations of UN, 61% yes should US wait for allied support...even as we thought Sadaam was a greater threat than Bin Laden 46% to 33% Sadaam greater threat..the propaganda was beginning to work!

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/09/24/opinion/polls...

USA Today, December 17, 2002 66% (said 2/3rds) believe Bush has NOT made the case for war..72% of respondents, including get this 60% of republicans president has not provided enough evidence to go to war...support for war was WEAKENING!!

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002-12-17-iraq-pol...

CBS, March 6, 2003 interesting poll shows dramatic shift in opinions. (notice they leave out the part about the UN in the polls closer to the actual war) 47% thinks Bush has made the case for war..(now a minority) 44% think he has not.

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/03/06/opinion/polls...

In this March 13, 2003 article in CSM is an interesting poll number...right after Sept. 11, 2001.. only 3% mentioned Iraq or Saddam...by January this year (2003) 44% believed 'most' or 'some' of the hijackers were from Iraq.

Link: http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0314/p02s01-woiq.html

I think THIS is why McClellan's book is important.
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