The Amorphous American Mind

This Washington Post poll shows just how muddled the American mind has become. Somehow, 69% of Americans believe that Saddam “was personally involved in the September 11 terrorist attacks”, which would be funny if it weren’t so frightening. The Bush Administration has never actually claimed that Saddam was involved in the 9-11 attacks, but has repeatedly mentioned his name in the same breath as references to the attacks. How could this happen? An article in the same paper gives as good a reason for this as I can think of:

“Some Democrats said that although Bush did not make the direct link to the 2001 attacks, his implications helped to turn the public fury over Sept. 11 into support for war against Iraq. “You couldn’t distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein,” said Democratic tactician Donna Brazile. “Every member of the administration did the drumbeat. My mother said if you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes a gospel truth. This one became a gospel hit.”

The quote from Donna Brazile pretty much sums up how I saw their tactics in the runup to the Iraq War. What scares me is this as Orwellian as it gets. The Bush defenders in the article lamely say “”The intellectual argument is there is a war in Iraq and a war on terrorism and you have to separate them, but the public doesn’t do that,” said Matthew Dowd, a Bush campaign strategist. “They see Middle Eastern terrorism, bad people in the Middle East, all as one big problem.”. These people definitely understand how easy it is to manipulate the American mind.

It’s a great article, and as part of an effor on my part to document as much as possible of what I read on the ‘Net, I couldn’t help but devote a small entry to it.


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