You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...
Half of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded the country in 2003 -- up from 36 percent last year, a Harris poll found.
The survey didn't speculate as to the reason for the shift, but respondents were questioned in early July, shortly after Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) declared he had "found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons," citing an unclassified report regarding 500 chemical munition shells buried near the Iranian border, following Iraq's war with Iran, which ended in 1988.
Santorum's declaration was quickly dismissed by none other than the Defense Department, which told Fox News Channel's Jim Angle that munitions hyped by Santorum are “not the WMD’s for which this country went to war.” Officially, the Bush Administration admitted it was wrong about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction nearly two years ago.
Santorum's press conference was his larest desperate effort to try to bolster his sagging campaign for re-election. But his fact-challenged declaration was amplified by conservative talk radio -- most notably by his "friend," radio clown Mark Levin -- and the result, at least according to this poll, is that more Americans are unnecessarily confused.