Monday, April 12, 2004

Why Americans still think invading Iraq was the right decision

The latest Newsweek poll shows that a majority of Americans continue to believe that the US "did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq. This number has been hovering around 57% since last October. Why, in the face of more and more solid evidence that the Bush Administration jazzed up and faked evidence about WMDs, do people persist in supporting this initial decision?

The answer, I think, is that people are continuing to defend their own decision. More specifically, they are defending an emotionally powerful decision that they willingly shouted across the rooftops.

Of course, the fact that they support the initial invasion because their own ego is tied to it doesn't mean they won't turn against Bush in light of the outcome. The more time that elapses the thinner the relationship gets between supporting the invasion and supporting Bush policies.

Of course, these are the people who will bounce back to the Bush side as soon as any good news shows its face.