According to a WASHINGTON TIMES piece, written by Jennifer Harper, a Harris poll has found that 50% of Americans think there were WMDs in Iraq “when the United States invaded the country in 2003.” The piece continues:
The survey did not speculate on what caused the shift in opinion, which supports President Bush’s original rationale for going to war. Respondents were questioned in early July after the release of a Defense Department intelligence report that revealed coalition forces recovered 500 aging chemical weapons containing mustard or sarin gas nerve agents in Iraq.
Here is what Sen. Rick Santorum said about the findings in late June:
This is an incredibly […] significant finding. The idea that, as my colleagues have repeatedly said in this debate on the other side of the aisle, that there are no weapons of mass destruction, is in fact false.
We have found over 500 weapons of mass destruction. And in fact have found that there are additional weapons of mass — chemical weapons, still in the country, that need to be recovered.
What were these weapons of mass destruction that were recovered?
Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.
But, of course, liberals might argue, degraded mustard gas is not “stocks of […] biological or nuclear weapons.” It’s degraded mustard gas — and Iraq having degraded mustard gas would have hardly been a good pretext to go to war.
But it’s better than finding nothing, and I for one am glad that Sen. Santorum spread the news and Americans — half of them! — believed it. My only disappointment is the failure of the media to properly spread this “alternate truth,” because if they had, 60% or even 70% of Americans might believe Iraq had WMDs.
But considering what we had to work with (degraded mustard gas: a possible threat to hot dogs, I guess), 50% believing Iraq had WMDs is pretty freaking good.
Keep up the good work, Mr. Santorum. You know I’m behind you!