And Iraq will serve as a beacon of peace and harmony

According to a new Harris Poll, half of all Americans believe that Saddam Hussein had WMD at the time of the U.S. invasion.

Published July 25, 2006 7:57PM (EDT)

Americans are clear that the United States ought to -- but probably won't -- find its way out of Iraq soon. As for why it's there in the first place? Not so much.

According to a new Harris Poll, 50 percent of Americans now believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction at the time of the U.S. invasion. That's a sharp and rather inexplicable increase from February 2005, when just 36 percent of the public held on to that belief. Ready for more? Sixty-four percent of the public still thinks that Saddam Hussein had strong links to al-Qaida.

Before you throw up your hands in desperation, perhaps there's some comfort to be had in this: According to a recent Fox News poll, Americans for the first time now trust Democrats more than Republicans when it comes to dealing with Iraq.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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