Bob Harris at This Modern World says I shouldn’t be alarmed by the wacky statistics that say 1/3 of Americans think the US has found WMD in Iraq, and 22% believe that Saddam actually used WMD during the “war”. After all, according to various polls, 56% think in war the media should support the government without questioning it. 33% believe a wife should “submit herself graciously” to her husband. 20% approve of how the Catholic Church handles pedophilia. And, best of all, 11% think Titanic was the best American movie of the 20th century.
What are we to make of all this?
Looking at the other opinions floating around 20 percent, I’d say that the extent of lunatic public perception of WMDs is, if anything, surprisingly low, given the constant drumbeat of bullshit coming out of the White House and megaphoned by the press for much of the past year.
So one-third of Americans mistakenly think we found WMDs? Great. We can work with that. After looking at these numbers, I’m just relieved 30 percent don’t think Saddam’s disembodied wraith is looming in a vengeful stormfront, ready to deflower the womenfolk, lead our children into Satan’s bosom, and force the men to read science books.
How could Bush NOT win re-election?