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42% of Americans Have No Memory Of the Past 10 Years Whatsoever, Apparently

Ten years and hundreds of thousands of deaths later, with the Bush administration having long conceded there were no WMDs, a new poll finds 42% of Americans still say the Iraq War was "not a mistake."

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American Bald Eagles hold disproportionately favorable opinions of the Iraq War.

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It looks kind of like an alligator. A $2,000,000,000,000 alligator.

Ten years after the start of the Iraq War — long after the Bush administration’s own admission that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq — a new Gallup poll indicates 42% of Americans still believe the Iraq War was “not a mistake.” Interestingly, that number is actually up from 2008, when only 36% believed invading Iraq was the right decision.

Ha! Incredible. This is kind of like those crazy statistics you hear about how 29% of Americans can’t identify the Vice-President or 26% don’t know we declared independence from Great Britain. Well, except for the hundreds of thousands of deaths, that is.

 

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 42% of Americans Have No Memory Of the Past 10 Years Whatsoever, Apparently
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31 Responses to 42% of Americans Have No Memory Of the Past 10 Years Whatsoever, Apparently

  1. Burzghash

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    And why not? Conservatives have shown us repeatedly that their memory and perception of reality are subjective to whatever makes them feel more comfortable.

    • Quintus Cornish

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      A lot of these people probable thought that we went to Iraq because of 9-11 as well. It is really hard to relate to the abstract cost of a war, but I bet that if these people had to write out a check for there portion of the war they would not be for it, and the war would of been over a long time ago. People don’t like to admit that they where wrong and can come up with a narrative to support all most anything. If the facts up set their narrative, so what, just come up with a new narrative. I also think that some people will not change their mind about the war because of its humans cost. You would think that the death and maiming of young Americans would change people minds about the war, but I think it has the opposite effect. I think that people double down on there believes because it is to hard to admit that they made a mistake and that these deaths and causalities where for not.

  2. the reason we went there was flawed, but hussein had to be taken care of since we didn’t the first time. People forget or don’t know how horrible he and his sons were

    • barjack

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      You do a nice sidestep. This was the excuse the republicans drummed up to cover their a** and avoid being summoned before the world court. However the world court, that’s everybody but the rightwing americons, have already found us guilty.

      • rabiesface

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        Didn’t side step anything, said the reason we went was flawed.

        • TrevorParsons

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          You’re saying the ends justify the means. Which, of course, is horse shit.

          • rabiesface

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            you know he was put on trial for crimes against humanity, not a lite charge

    • brehardius

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      Finally somebody who isn’t an idiot. Funny how most people who think the confilct in Iraq was a mistake forget how Hussein was commiting genocide and a ridiculous amount of crimes against humanity. I’m a soldier, and I would willingly give my life to take down a man like that.

      • Wait, wait, wait a second. You forgot that “We” put him in power in the 1st place. Hell, we supported him and Iran in the Iran-Iraq war (sold weapons to both sides). I think it’s time you began reading up on U.S. History.

        • LockeZ

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          And… you think trying to correct our past mistakes is a mistake?

    • Bill

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      “Had to be taken care of”. This is the reality of what that means. You would sacrifice your son, daughter, spouse or family member for his life. That’s the trade off. That’s the reality. Their life for his, you’re willing to do that? Or are you just willing to trade your own life? Risk leaving your children without a father or mother? What about the next dictator that comes along? Are you a pez dispenser of lives to support the lies and distortions of politicians? Or do you THINK on your own?

      • Tom

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        Bill, don’t you think Hussein had already taken plenty of mothers and fathers from their children before the US troops stopped him? Soldiers gave their lives to stop him from taking more. They didn’t continue the cycle, they broke it.

    • Bill

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      You speak the problem Tom. You “think” some cycle has been broken by the US by removing a dictator. The cycle was created by the US and that cycle is – we had an interest in removing Saddam, it had nothing to do with WMDs and certainly nothing to do with protecting human rights (we supported him while he gassed his own people), we create hysteria and fear among citizens (f*cking repeat). Who wouldn’t be glad that lives there were saved? I’m a soldier, and I enlisted on the rhetoric. But I’m not trading the life of my son or daughter to support the lies of my government. It’s not worth my blood, it wasn’t worth my buddies blood either. Each time we support this bullshit we ALL loose.

      • Anonymous

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        I agree that the US went in for the wrong reasons. It doesn’t change the results, however. Hussein has been removed. I don’t see how you can spin this in a negative light.

        I’m also going to need a citation on the US encouraging Saddam to kill people with gas. I think you’re being slightly dramatic and it’s getting rather tiresome.

        Also, your position as a soldier does you no credit. In fact, it shows that you are willing to risk your own life regardless of how many family members you have, contrary to your strongly worded argument last post about “leaving your children without a father or mother”. If you want to always be there for them with minimal risk to getting killed, don’t enlist. You can’t do both.

        • Alan

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          There is no spin. The drumbeat to war was base on a lie, the 10’s of thousands of innocent Iraq Men, Women and Children killed because of a lie. Our brave Solders dead, unfathomable amounts of money spent and the balance of power in the region upset because of a lie.

          IMO they would never tell the truth, because it might upset the boat. The real reason why we went to war. Bush Jr felt God had called him to remove Hussein and the neocon saw it as their opportunity to seize power and install a government more receptive of their interest.

        • anonymous

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          you don’t kill a quarter of a million Iraqi men women and children just to remove a dictator. And even if you did, you’ll never be able to spin it in a positive light (unless I guess you are one of those idiot 42 percenters LOL).

          • rabiesface

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            I like how 42% of the usa is idiots just because they have a different view than you.

  3. Whatever both sides are wrong, we’re spending to much time and money dealing with other countries problems and bullshit. we need to go back to before ww2 where we didn’t try and step into every situation around the world. and as far as sending my own kid or myself to war isn’t my choice it’s my countries choice so don’t try and put that on me, put that on our elected officials.

  4. Corporate Owned Media

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    The propaganda did as it was designed to do. Sadly, it is still doing wonders on the psyche of the population. People are still picking teams as if life were a football game.

  5. life is a game. There’s no point to it other than eat, shit, fuck and sleep. so we try and give a point to it and judge based on stories called religion or morals we made up to try and set ourselves apart from other animals. sounds like rules to a game to me

  6. rabiesface

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    I also like how the article says hundreds of thousands of deaths when it’s casualties for everyone. casualties include injuries and deaths (nice lil spin technique you’re using there) See everyone will lie to get the results they want. And I also thought people who wrote articles were suppose to fact check, but I understand that quickly checking your facts at least on the internet can get in the way. Welcome to the modern world where we have all the knowledge we need at our fingertips, but don’t use it

    • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

      Actually, it’s hundreds of thousands of deaths, not just casualties, which you can see if you click through the link that’s provided. “Casualties” was a typo.

      Sorry if that doesn’t fit into your theory about us trying to spin the facts.

      • rabiesface

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        What number are you going off of there because four of the six are under 200,000 negating the term hundreds of thousands

        • fedupwiththewars

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          “We didn’t kill hundreds of thousands of people we just ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!”

        • Linda (The Daily Dolt)

          Two of the estimates are over half a million, all are in the six-figures.

          • rabiesface

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            I’m not trying to be an asshole, but if your gonna use something as a reference try using one with a clear answer so it’s not so easily picked apart.

  7. KishinD

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    Pretty simple: Bias beats truth. Over and over and over, bias wins.
    People’s opinions on both sides of the aisle have less to do with facts and reality and more to do with what feels right and fits into their overall life narrative.

  8. Phil

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    I’m not sure issues like these can be as black and white as a lot of people make them out to be. There is always pluses and minuses to every political situation and this one is no different.