September 23, 2006

What Drives the Know-Nothing 33% of Americans

Here are two disturbing facts to ponder, and taken together, they lead me to an understanding of how Bush has a solid one-third, unwavering support for his Iraq war.

Fact # 1 --
As reported by the Associated Press on September 22, 2006, the number of Americans killed in Iraq now outnumbers the number killed on 9/11. This does not count the tens of thousands of wounded, maimed, emotionally and mentally wounded, and those poisoned by the huge amount of depleted uranium our troops have been exposed to. Nor does it count the 6,599 violent deaths among Iraqis reported in July and August alone. Nor does it count the estimated 40,000 to 100,00 plus Iraqis who have died as a result of the US invasion in 2003.

But then again, who important enough is really counting?

Fact #2 --
According to a New York Times/CBS poll, one in three Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11 -- proof positive of how well the Bush administration's repeated lies have worked. Imagine it. Thirty-three (33%) percent of Americans believe what is a bald faced lie about why our American men and women are dying in Iraq. These are the dittohead Americans, those whose heads bobble in unthinking, uncritical belief.

In light of these two facts, I can understand how this 33% (one-third) of Americans can justify to themselves all of the deaths in Iraq, American and otherwise. It is a righteous war against a man that attacked us, he had it coming, and the terrible price is worth it. Because Saddam attacked us on 9/11, this war is just.

If you believe a lie, you can justify almost anything.


Mimi said...

Where were these "polls" conducted? With what group of people? What, exactly, was asked and how was it phrased? How did the subjects answer--orally, by computer, checking off on a piece of paper? It's essential to know whether the results came from a bunch of hopheads on the street corner or at the Holy Redeemer First Annointed Church of Bejesus, or from the faculty at Harvard. It plays right into the hands of Bushco. to imply that the "33% believers" include a representative sample of the electorate--and, boy, I don't trust the media to be open about their "polls."

Stephen Charles said...

I don't know about your purported "facts."
2,973 people died in the September 11th attacks, but only about 2,700 American soldiers have died in Iraq. Maybe you are fudging a little and including the UK soldiers that have died in Iraq? Maybe you are including the American soldiers that have died in Afhganistan as well? I'm not sure.

Also, on your second fact, Bush has emphatically repeated from the day of the Iraq invasion that Saddam Hussein was not "personally involved in 9/11." You may hate the guy, but stop trying to put words into his mouth.

Stephen McArthur said...

First, I am reporting on the Associated Press story that appeared in Editor & Publisher on September 22, 2006. Let's quibble and say that the number does not yet equal the number of those who died on 9/11. One thing is certain -- it is bound to surpass it soon enough. I think you missed my point.

Second, you have it absolutely backwards -- you are the one putting words in my mouth. I never said George Bush has claimed Hussein was "personally" involved with 9/11. Again, you missed my entire point while you trip all over yourself defending the irresponsible actions and prevaricating words of the Bush administration.

Let me make it clear: like any good practioner of the repeated lie, the Bush administration has been able to maintain the fiction of Hussein's involvement in 9/11 sufficiently and strongly enough that 33% of Americans continue to cling to the notion as if it were true. It is not in the interest of the Bush administration to dissuade these people of their delusions.

Dicky Neely said...

Well I am certainly convinced that Bush and co. did all they could to make people think Iraq was involved in 9/11 and they are still doing it!
They keep saying we have to win the main front on the "war on terror" as they call the fight in Iraq. Baloney! They keep saying "Fight them there so we wont have to fight'em here." Just what else does that mean?
They keep saying "There is a reason we haven't been attacked since 9/11." This is an attempt to paint their misguided efforts as successful, in spite of the fact that terrorism deaths and attacks are on the increase all over the world. There was an eight year period between the first attack on the WTC and the one on 9/11. These people have not all been rounded up yet, and our war is supplying them with ever larger fresh crops of eager recruits.
The Bush administration is corrupt, dishonest and incompetent. What's there not to hate?

Bruce Larson*Moore said...

It is the shepherd who leads the lambs to slaughter, with a bucket of buffalo wings and the false fear of the wolf, who's aim is to keep the flock roaming free, healthy and united.

We're looking for a few thousand more lambs.

One is both the mirror and the reflection,
and so, seek not to give energy but to return light.

The Last*War

SadButTrue said...

Blame a complicit media, aiding and abetting the miscreants at every step of the way. Not only do they lie, they have fought in court for the 'first amendment' RIGHT to lie to the American people. Check out this link, bookmark it, and propagate it to as many people as you can. When some right-tard tells you some 'fact' they heard on FOX "news", throw this back in their face;

Court Ruled That Media Can Lie

There is the responsibility for the 'backwash' 33%

Michael Miller said...

"You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."
-- George W. Bush, Gridiron Club dinner, Washington, D.C., March 24, 2001