Wednesday, March 16, 2005
What the (bleep) do we know?
The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll results show that 67 percent of those polled think that Iraqis are better off as a result of the war, and 74 percent of those polled think that Iraqis will be better off in the long run as a result of the US-led invasion. No disrespect to the pollees, but what the fuck do Americans know about whether Iraqis are better off or will be better off as a result of the war we started with them? Here are the requirements, I would think, for being able to answer that question with an answer that even approaches being worthwhile: (1) living in Iraq before the war and (2) living in Iraq after the war. I don't think too many of those people fell into the 1,001 randomly sampled adults in the US that took part in this poll. If anything, it speaks to the conclusions Americans draw from the information that we get, but little more than that.