i'm not the only one either. even before the CIA and survey group's report came out half of americans believed that the bush administration deliberately misled them about the war and 53% think it wasn't worth it. even with purple fingers the trend in public opinion is not going in the president's direction.
i find those poll numbers to be really heartening. they mean it's going to be difficult for the president to sell the public on any other overhyped invasion plan in the future. last year i was concerned that the presidential election would be seen as a referendum on bush's iraq policy. if kerry lost, i thought, it could herald a disasterous future for american foreign policy--where presidents could go to war on even the flimsiest of reasons without fear that they would be held accountable for it. but even with the kerry loss, that hasn't seemed to happen. the election results seem to have been attributed to other things: the power of the christian right, the weakness of kerry as a candidate, etc. but not the iraq war. and the polls seem to demonstrate that bush is not getting any extra political capital from it.
and in other news, i'll be at drinking liberally again tonight. if you're in the philly area, we meet every tuesday at ten stone, 21st and south street, 6 pm until later. tonight, for the third week in a row, a local politician is dropping by. this week it's PA
(nada nada and misled via cursor, and the sandals drinking news via the spin dentist)
CORRECTION: my mistake. alan sandals is running for PA's senate seat in washington (not a seat in the state senate in harrisburg). he wants santorum's job.