October 21, 2004

Of War and Elections

I just happen to think that David O. Russell's Three Kings is one of the best movies every made. It is with great interest that I read in Salon about a documentary follow-up that Russell made called Soldier's Pay. Love this bit:

"Soldiers Pay" briefly became the subject of news stories after Warner Bros., displaying that combination of moral courage and sound financial judgment unique to Hollywood studios, first gave Russell $200,000 to make a war documentary and then declined to distribute it.

In other news, it turns out that Bush supporters are completely wrong about the facts on Iraq. This is amazing.

Even after the final report of Charles Duelfer to Congress saying that Iraq did not have a significant WMD program, 72% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq had actual WMD (47%) or a major program for developing them (25%). Fifty-six percent assume that most experts believe Iraq had actual WMD and 57% also assume, incorrectly, that Duelfer concluded Iraq had at least a major WMD program. Kerry supporters hold opposite beliefs on all these points.

Similarly, 75% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda, and 63% believe that clear evidence of this support has been found. Sixty percent of Bush supporters assume that this is also the conclusion of most experts, and 55% assume, incorrectly, that this was the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission. Here again, large majorities of Kerry supporters have exactly opposite perceptions.

To all of you liberals out there who wonder why people still support Bush, the reason is clear: They don't know any better. Everybody find a Bush supporter this weekend, tape their eyes open, and click through the archives of Craigorian Chant. If we force a few facts into their brains, they will become Kerry people.

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