63% of Republicans still think that Iraq had WMD in 2003 and that the president is not an American.

This should be a wake-up call to the grown-ups in the Republican Party. Fetishizing ignorance and demonizing education has led to two-thirds of the party’s members being morons. I can understand why some people are confused about global climate change and evolution—there’s been a well organized attempt to spread misinformation on these scientifici topics. But being wrong on these topics? It’s pure insanity, on the level of faking the moon landing or Elvis being alive. 

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15 replies on “63% of Republicans still think that Iraq had WMD in 2003 and that the president is not an American.”

  1. well a good number still say he was not born in this country, the certificate is a forgery and is also a Muslim and has “planted” Muslim infiltrators in the State Dept.

    Of course Romney will welcome all of these with open arms -the more the merrier,eh?

    At some point, we’re beyond mere propaganda….

  2. Seriously? How can anyone deny that Iraq had WMD in 2003? For heaven’s sake, Saddam had used them against his own citizens not long before that. The man had ample warning, time, and resources to get rid of them.

    Unless, of course, the last time he had used them, he just *happened* to use the very last bit that he had. Yeah, that must be it.

  3. While Bush/Cheney/Democrats/international intelligence was wrong about the scope of the WMD problem in Iraq, I’d have to call this article fortuitously timed (from yesterday):

    Britain will help the Iraqi government dispose of what’s left of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons, still stored in two bunkers in north of Baghdad, the British embassy in Baghdad announced Monday.

    Saddam stored the chemical weapons near population centers so that he could access them quickly, despite the danger to his civilian population.

    Unless you don’t consider chemical weapons to be WMD…

  4. 20% of democrats don’t know that Obama is a native of this country either. Also according to the article “Of course, it’s possible that some of these respondents are expressing their dislike of Obama rather than a sincere factual belief,”

    Without knowing the method of survey, sample size, or other numbers just using this as a reason to say Republicans are dumb is merely partisan. There is plenty of dumb to go around in both parties, unfortunately

  5. Gallup thinks about 5% of Dems:


    but the bigger point here is that GOP leaders who do know better continue to feed this ignorance among their base – not only on this but other things that border on racism.

    in the Gallup Poll the question was simple and straight forward and 23% of the Republicans said Obama was definitely/probably born in another country.

    The question has been asked in a number of different ways for different Polls and the Republican response has been about the same no matter how the question has been asked.

  6. So, let me know when you redefine WMD to not include chemical weapons and then you can call Republicans stupid.

  7. The headline says it all: “chemical residues.” The body of the article describes them as “what’s left of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons.” Chemical residues != chemical weapons. It sounds more like a standard hazmat situation, which is a pain in the ass to clean up safely, but that’s the stuff of janitors’ closets, not weapons of mass destruction.

  8. That’s right. Saddam was gassing Shi’ites, Kurds, and Iranians with a mixture of Clorox and Ajax. I should’ve known, but I’m a stupid Republican.

  9. wasn’t he gassing his “own” people when we were allies with him?

    Bonus question: If the Neocons had their way how many more middle eastern countries would we be in right now because of “gas” WMDs or equivalent excuse?

  10. Yeah, nothing in that article says that these are actual weaponized chemicals.

    Saddam Hussein definitely used to have chemical weapons and attacked his own people with them, but he was forced to get rid of what he had left during the sanctions of the late 1990’s. He really didn’t have the resources or the motive to be making chemical weapons at that point. His more essential conventional armaments were crumbling. Tanks without working treads, planes that had been grounded for years, trucks and APCs that were broken down. The whole system by which chemical weapons would even be delivered wasn’t working very well anymore.

    Mustard gas and so forth was never what we were worried about anyway. None of that stuff was really a security theat to the safety of the United States. Biological and nuclear weapons were the issue and we never found any evidence of either.

    Face it guys, ‘the weapons of mass destruction’ did not exist.

  11. If there wasn’t WMD, how could Republicans justify the death and injury of so many human beings in Iraq? It isn’t ignorance, it is foolish defiance in the face of Last Judgment. Satan’s own dead-enders.

  12. Look at the bright side, at least 63% are thinking. Granted, its what they were told to think since Original Thought scares Republicans more than anything.

    Oh, if you want to have some fun next time one of ‘The Collective’ starts a rant on Socialism, Marxism, or the rest of the ‘ism’s’ they hide behind…ask them to define it. Priceless stuff…give it a try, you’ll be glad you did.

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