Majority Of Americans Believe Iraq In Civil War
A majority of Americans think Iraq is in the midst of a civil war, regardless of how strongly the Bush Administration rejects the description.
A new Harris Interactive poll finds 68 percent of U.S. adults believe there is a civil war in Iraq, compared with 14 percent who disagree and 18 percent who aren't sure.
More than 2,400 people were polled from Nov. 14 to Nov. 20. The margin of error is stated as 2 percentage points.
Just as a majority of Americans this year stopped buying into the administration's spin on Iraq -- that the insurgency was in the "last throes," how the Iraq government was doing "remarkably well," and other nonsense that didn't mesh with what we could plainly see on our televisions -- perhaps a majority of Americans have decided it doesn't matter whether the administration admits Iraq is in civil war.
There are too many other people -- frankly with more credibility on Iraq than Bush, Cheney or Rumsfeld -- using the term, apparently now including former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
The mainstream media has been mixed on the subject -- MSNBC/NBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times have used the term, for example, while Fox News Channel and USA Today and the Washington Post have not.
Some may be waiting for the Bush Administration to use the term first, but that would be giving the administration credibility on Iraq that it has not shown it deserves.