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  • Iraq and Saddam were connected to 9/11

    1 5.56%
  • Iraq and Saddam were NOT connected to 9/11

    12 66.67%
  • Iraq/Saddam had weapons of mass destruction

    5 27.78%
  • No weapons of mass destruction were found, and there was no strong evidence suggesting any existed

    10 55.56%
  • The world largely supported the US led War in Iraq

    6 33.33%
  • Most of the world opposed the US led War in Iraq

    7 38.89%
  • The war was worth the cost

    2 11.11%
  • The war was NOT worth the cost

    12 66.67%
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Thread: Operation Iraqi Freedom - Poll

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    Operation Iraqi Freedom - Poll

    I came across some polls in a book I was reading, and I was wondering how it compared with public opinion today. I returned the book to the library, so I don't have all the poll data, but I googled what I could find for comparison.

    70% of Americans at one time believed Saddam and Iraq were linked to the 9/11 attacks
    50% of Americans at one time believed Saddam and Iraq had weapons of mass destruction



    USATODAY.com - Poll: 70% believe Saddam, 9-11 link

    Half of U.S. Still Believes Iraq Had WMD

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom - Poll

    The reason we went into Iraq in 2003 is because there was a general consensus that Saddam had been trying to obtain WMD's. While there was only suspicion that he had aided al Qaeda the thought process was that if he succeeded in obtaining WMD's they would soon after end up in the hands of terrorists. These suspicions were made more actionable by his failure to allow full and free inspections of chemical and nuclear facilities by international teams.

    Eventually Bush and a coalition of dozens of other nations drew a distinct line in the sand and demanded that Saddam comply with UN directives. Even after that line was drawn the coalition still held of for several months as Saddam shined the inspectors on and/or disposed of any incriminating evidence. When we finally went into Iraq the purpose was to destroy the dictatorship so that the kind of shenanigans that had been happening wouldn't have a chance to happen again.

    As soon as combat commenced the pacifists and politicians started playing their usual games. They made claims that the US was planning a permanent occupation and that the whole issue was about oil. Lots and lots of people decided that they liked that idea better than the truth so it became the general meme. Bush was never able to adequately overcome the false perceptions and that, my friend, is how "history" is generally created.

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom - Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I came across some polls in a book I was reading, and I was wondering how it compared with public opinion today. I returned the book to the library, so I don't have all the poll data, but I googled what I could find for comparison.

    70% of Americans at one time believed Saddam and Iraq were linked to the 9/11 attacks
    50% of Americans at one time believed Saddam and Iraq had weapons of mass destruction



    USATODAY.com - Poll: 70% believe Saddam, 9-11 link

    Half of U.S. Still Believes Iraq Had WMD
    Interesting that more would believe that Saddam had something to do with 9/11 (probably wrong), than that Saddam had had wmd, which was true.

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom - Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    The reason we went into Iraq in 2003 is because there was a general consensus that Saddam had been trying to obtain WMD's. While there was only suspicion that he had aided al Qaeda the thought process was that if he succeeded in obtaining WMD's they would soon after end up in the hands of terrorists. These suspicions were made more actionable by his failure to allow full and free inspections of chemical and nuclear facilities by international teams.

    Eventually Bush and a coalition of dozens of other nations drew a distinct line in the sand and demanded that Saddam comply with UN directives. Even after that line was drawn the coalition still held of for several months as Saddam shined the inspectors on and/or disposed of any incriminating evidence. When we finally went into Iraq the purpose was to destroy the dictatorship so that the kind of shenanigans that had been happening wouldn't have a chance to happen again.

    As soon as combat commenced the pacifists and politicians started playing their usual games. They made claims that the US was planning a permanent occupation and that the whole issue was about oil. Lots and lots of people decided that they liked that idea better than the truth so it became the general meme. Bush was never able to adequately overcome the false perceptions and that, my friend, is how "history" is generally created.
    That is about right, except you forgot the negative effect the France/German/Russian axis that led Saddam to believe he could cross the line in the sand with impunity.

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom - Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Interesting that more would believe that Saddam had something to do with 9/11 (probably wrong), than that Saddam had had wmd, which was true.
    This--------^. That's how I feel. He was NOT connected to 9/11 in any way, but I do think he had WMD (and I think somehow, somewhere in time, we'll find this to be true).

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom - Poll

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    This--------^. That's how I feel. He was NOT connected to 9/11 in any way, but I do think he had WMD (and I think somehow, somewhere in time, we'll find this to be true).
    Actually, it has been shown to be true. The WMD were there, when the inspectors were kicked out after Iraq1 and were not accounted for till their deteriorated remains were found after Iraq2. What was also found after Iraq2 was that the WMD Programs were still in place to be reactivated, when funding would have become available after the sanctions were lifted.

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom - Poll

    You need to include other in your polls.

    No, Saddam was not connected with 9/11. However the Global War on Terrorism was not just abut Al Queda. The same countries have been sponsoring terrorism for decades and the war was supposed to end that national sponsorship. Bush called for a war against ALL nations that sponsored terrorism, not just ones sponsoring Al Queda as some seem to think.

    Saddam had in fact supported terrorism through the PLO and other agencies in the past. He did in fact order acts of terrorism in his own country. That is why prior to the war, the US were enforcing UN No Fly and demilitarized zones in Iraq.

    Saddam at one time had WMDs. He used a lot of chemical weapons against Iran and later against a village in Iraq. Status of those WMDs was unknown because Clinton allowed him to hold off inspectors and later remove them from Iraq.

    Was the war worth it, that is mixed. I believe the effort needed to be made. However, Bush, through his military leadership, did not have a realistic or achievable strategy for achieving his goals. What so many Politicians, of both parties, and a lot of others fail to understand is that combat troops are not trained or equipped to be police. There was no plans for rebuilding the country, no realistic means of restoring law and order following the initial invasion. This was further exacerbated by insistence of removing Bath party members from law enforcement and other agencies. Many of these people were not "loyal" party members but only "joined" the party to get employment and to avoid oppression, possible torture and murder.
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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom - Poll

    This should be elucidating.

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