85% of US military in IRAQ think Sadam set-up 9.11

Sounds like they're taking this out of context. They didn't say they believed Saddam set it up, but that they were sent because someone else (Dubya), thought he did.
I wonder where they could possibly have got that idea from...

President's Press Conference 21Mar06 http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/03/20060321-4.html

Q I'd like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet -- your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth -- what was your real reason? You have said it wasn't oil -- quest for oil, it hasn't been Israel, or anything else. What was it?

THE PRESIDENT: I think your premise -- in all due respect to your question and to you as a lifelong journalist -- is that -- I didn't want war. To assume I wanted war is just flat wrong, Helen, in all due respect --

Q Everything --

THE PRESIDENT: Hold on for a second, please.

Q -- everything I've heard --

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, excuse me. No President wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true. My attitude about the defense of this country changed on September the 11th. We -- when we got attacked, I vowed then and there to use every asset at my disposal to protect the American people. Our foreign policy changed on that day, Helen. You know, we used to think we were secure because of oceans and previous diplomacy. But we realized on September the 11th, 2001, that killers could destroy innocent life. And I'm never going to forget it. And I'm never going to forget the vow I made to the American people that we will do everything in our power to protect our people.

Part of that meant to make sure that we didn't allow people to provide safe haven to an enemy. And that's why I went into Iraq -- hold on for a second --

Q They didn't do anything to you, or to our country.

THE PRESIDENT: Look -- excuse me for a second, please. Excuse me for a second. They did. The Taliban provided safe haven for al Qaeda. That's where al Qaeda trained --

Q I'm talking about Iraq --

THE PRESIDENT: Helen, excuse me. That's where -- Afghanistan provided safe haven for al Qaeda. That's where they trained. That's where they plotted. That's where they planned the attacks that killed thousands of innocent Americans.
tomahawk6 said:
Same bs poll that was cited last month.
What's BS about it?

Are you saying that 944 US troops have been telling lies and thus cannot be trusted?
Are you saying Zogby is telling lies and thus cannot be trusted?
Are you saying Leo Shane and Stars and Stripes are telling lies and thus cannot be trusted?
Or, are you simply saying that you don't like the 'truth' being reported?

As regards the 85 percent [who] believe a major reason they were sent into war was “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the Sept. 11 attacks,” it is accurate to say that this does not specifically determine whether they (the 85%) believe he (Saddam) was actually responsible for 11/9/01, but it does determine that they do believe that the initial invasion and current occupation is in response to that event.

Since it is now accepted that Iraq had nothing to do with 11/9/01, this indicates that either:
a) US troops (and one assumes the wider US population) continue to be believe a falsehood, (brainwashed?)
b) US troops are accepting the fact that they were lied to by the administration in the reasons for war.
so extrapolating from that poll:

7% think they are still there to look for WMD


20% hold a negative view against ALL iraqis


for the record, i don't think dubya thought for a moment that iraq was behind sept 11th. but he WAS desperate to link them to it, however tenuously, for long enough to justify invading and finishing off the job that his daddy left undone in '91.


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