Saturday, October 23, 2004

Won't You Come Join Me in the Reality-Based World?

WTF? Are my lying eyes fibbing to me, or are B*sh disciples living in another world? Could this Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) poll possibly be real??

From the PIPA report:
Even after the final report of Charles Duelfer to Congress saying that Iraq did not have a significant WMD program, 72% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq had actual WMD (47%) or a major program for developing them (25%). Fifty-six percent assume that most experts believe Iraq had actual WMD and 57% also assume, incorrectly, that Duelfer concluded Iraq had at least a major WMD program. Kerry supporters hold opposite beliefs on all these points.

Similarly, 75% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda, and 63% believe that clear evidence of this support has been found. Sixty percent of Bush supporters assume that this is also the conclusion of most experts, and 55% assume, incorrectly, that this was the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission. Here again, large majorities of Kerry supporters have exactly opposite perceptions.

Could the True Believers truly believe those things? And, more importantly, how? Those polls were conducted in September and October!

Well, here's the "how":
Steven Kull, director of PIPA, comments, "One of the reasons that Bush supporters have these beliefs is that they perceive the Bush administration confirming them. Interestingly, this is one point on which Bush and Kerry supporters agree." Eighty-two percent of Bush supporters perceive the Bush administration as saying that Iraq had WMD (63%) or that Iraq had a major WMD program (19%). Likewise, 75% say that the Bush administration is saying Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda. Equally large majorities of Kerry supporters hear the Bush administration expressing these views--73% say the Bush administration is saying Iraq had WMD (11% a major program) and 74% that Iraq was substantially supporting al Qaeda.

I love the first line: they "perceive the B*sh administration confirming (these beliefs)." They perceive, do they? Well, one can be forgiven for perceiving when one hears statements such as:
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
Dick Cheney, Vice President
Speech to VFW National Convention

There is already a mountain of evidence that Saddam Hussein is gathering weapons for the purpose of using them. And adding additional information is like adding a foot to Mount Everest.
Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary
Response to Question From Press

We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.
Condoleeza Rice, US National Security Advisor
CNN Late Edition

Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.
George W. Bush, Squatter
Speech to UN General Assembly

Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons. We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.
George W. Bush, Squatter
Radio Address

The Iraqi regime . . . possesses and produces chemical and biological weapons. It is seeking nuclear weapons. We know that the regime has produced thousands of tons of chemical agents, including mustard gas, sarin nerve gas, VX nerve gas.
George W. Bush, Squatter
Cincinnati, Ohio Speech

And so on....

But no, wait. I can't resist! There's more!

Steven Kull adds, "Another reason that Bush supporters may hold to these beliefs is that they have not accepted the idea that it does not matter whether Iraq had WMD or supported al Qaeda. Here too they are in agreement with Kerry supporters." Asked whether the US should have gone to war with Iraq if US intelligence had concluded that Iraq was not making WMD or providing support to al Qaeda, 58% of Bush supporters said the US should not have, and 61% assume that in this case the President would not have. Kull continues, "To support the president and to accept that he took the US to war based on mistaken assumptions likely creates substantial cognitive dissonance, and leads Bush supporters to suppress awareness of unsettling information about prewar Iraq."

Your humble dissenters refer you to the quote just beneath the title of this blog. SIGH. Props to George Orwell are in order, methinks.

Dissents and Laments


Blogger Dominic. said...

What I just can't fathom is that, after these statements were exposed as lies, a large portion of the american public snapped up his next reasoning for the war (to "liberate" the Iraqi people). If this was the case, and Bush had really meant to free an opressed society, he should have invaded Saudi Arabia, but alas no, Bush and the Saudis are friends. The whole Iraq war was, among many other things, part of a plan to eliminate any threat or challenge to Israel (who may I add have a LARGE arsenal of WMDs). Before insisting that all the countries with muslum majorities disarm, Bush should put pressure on Israel to begin disarming.

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